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VOL. 42 JANUARY, 1995 No. 1 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2.11 


I met God in the morning 
When the day was at its best, 
And His presence came like glory 
Of the sunrise in my breast. 

All day long the Presence lingered, 
All day long He stayed with me, 
And we sailed in perfect calmness 
O'er a very troubled sea. 

Other ships were blown and battered, 
Other ships were sore distressed. 
But the winds that seemed to drive them, 
Brought to us a peace and rest. 

Then I thought of other mornings, 
With a keen remorse of mind. 
When I too, had loosed the moorings 
With the Presence left behind. 

And I think I know the secret, 
Learned from many a troubled way: 
You must seek God in the morning 
If you want Him through the day. 

-Ralph Cushman 

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Everyone likes new things. Isn't it satisfying to drive a new 
car, operate a new lawn mower or piece of machinery, use a 
new stove, or push a new toy? God gives us a new year. 

New things work well. They look good. They are fan to 
operate. But human nature is such that, after the newness 
wears of£ the machine becomes ordinary, and we are prone to 
neglect it— possibly work it too hard or fail to service it 
properly. The stove loses its shine. The new toys soon are 
found upside down in the toy box. 

How about this new year? As it begins we make good 
resolves. We might write them down: This year I will keep a 
diary; I will practice daily Bible reading; I will spend more time 
on my knees; I will keep my desk and workshop clean; I will 
visit the elderly more... Good resolutions are easy to make. 
But unfortunately they are easy to break. The year loses its 
newness. We find excuses, and before long these resolutions 
don't look so fresh. We need to add one more resolution, and 
that is to keep those we make. 

Surely most of our resolutions are not quite vows. But we 
should be carefal because God says in Ecclesiastes 5:5, "Better 
is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow 
and not pay. 11 

Resolutions can be made and kept. We must recognize that 
we need power greater than our own. In Psalm 143:10 David 
says, "Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit 
is good: lead me into the land of uprightness." Jesus promises 
His presence and guidance. 


The new year will not remain new, but each day is oppor- 
tunity. God has given us time like a clean page in which to 
serve Him 

When my brother and I were teens, our family moved from 
the central valley of California to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 
Here at an elevation of 5000 feet we had our first real 
experience with snow. Our snow usually came silently with 
little wind. It filled the trees and gave the landscape a peculiar 
beauty. On the morning after snow fell in the night Mama liked 
to quote from the poem Snowbound: "Boys, a path!" We 
would tackle the mounds of snow with our shovels and soon 
have paths to the car and the other buildings. 

We needed to go out on those beautiful mornings, but 
somehow, as we worked and played, the scene lost some of its 
beauty, its newness. I think of a new year a little like those 
unspoiled snow scenes. We need time to live this new year. 
We will fill the days with work and play, joys and sorrows. But 
as we do, the time shows the tracks of our various experiences. 
It is no longer untouched, but in some ways, spoiled. 

On the other hand, though a path through the snow may 
spoil its beauty, that path is useful and necessary. May this be 
like what is meant by "redeeming the time"? The days are open 
to us to use and not to just look at or comment upon. The 
whole verse (Eph. 5:16) is "Redeeming the time, because the 
days are evil." Quoting from Matthew Henry: "Redeeming the 
time, literally buying the opportunity. It is a metaphor taken 
from merchants and traders who diligently observe and 
improve the seasons for merchandise and trade... Our time is a 
talent given us by God for some good end, and it is misspent 
and lost when it is not employed according to His design. " 
Adam Clarke comments regarding the phrase, "because the days 
are evil": "the present times are dangerous, they are full of 
trouble and temptations, and only the watchful and diligent 
have any reason to expect that they shall keep their garments 


unspotted. " These comments sound like they could have been 
written yesterday... or today. 

The greatest dangers he in something which seems safe but 
is really dangerous. Our present time is like that. We are 
blessed with prosperity and freedom. But may we be on guard 
that 1995 be a year of victory and find us with unspotted 
garments by God's grace. May we retain the newness and see it 
each day. May we keep and practice those good resolutions 
God lays on our hearts. — L.C. 

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-Leslie and Martha Cover 

New experiences do not come from looking backward, but 
from looking forward and upward. 




As the people of God, how should the matter of courtship 
be conducted? It almost appears like the Bible is silent on the 
subject. Among the Jews, at least, there probably was no court- 
ship. The parents decided who would marry whom It almost 
appears like many times the couple hadn't even seen each other 
till the marriage day. But I think if we look closely we can find 
counsel in the Word for courtship. There are ways God's 
people are supposed to act whether they are courting or not. 

Our courtship days should be days we can look back on 
with good, pleasant memories; not regret, like we hear so many 
times. People say, "If only I hadn't. 1 ' Then it is too late to 
change what has been done. But can't we take some warnings 
so the rest of us don't have to say the same thing? 

Courtship should be serious business; not taken on by the 
immature or young. The goal of courtship should be to find a 
godly life companion. It should never be just a time to have fun 
or to get some thrills. If we look at it Hghtheartedly, we're in 
for bitter reaping. Some people think they're entitled to a little 
fun, a little serving of the flesh. But let's never forget that God 
will hold us responsible for our actions. Solomon writes in 
Eccl. 11:9,10, "Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, and walk in 
the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know 
thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. 
Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil 
from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity." It says, 
"walk in the ways of thine heart." That's something we will do. 
Jesus said in Luke 6:45, "A good man out of the good treasure 
of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man 
out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is 
evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." So 
the most important thing is to have our hearts changed from evil 
to good through the blood of Christ before we consider this 


important step in life, or we may bring forth evil fruit. And 
remember, 'Tor all these things God will bring us into 

When we think of people dating, no doubt the sin we think 
of the most is the sin of fornication. Some people think some of 
us put too much emphasis on the sin of fornication. They say 
where there's a catalog of sins listed, other sins are listed equally 
with it. That's true. Any sin is terrible and can keep us out of 
heaven. I Cor. 6:9 says, "Know ye not that the unrighteous 
shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived." Then 
it goes through a whole list of sins including fornication. They 
that do these things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Yet 
down in the eighteenth verse Paul does seem to put a difference 
there. He says, "Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is 
without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth 
against his own body." It seems like he's saying that's the 
worst. Most other sins are of the mind. This one is against the 
body also. At any rate, we want to flee from it. 

In Eph. 5:3 fornication is listed in a catalog of sins Paul says 
should not be once named among us. Then why do we hear of 
so much of it going on? Possibly it is because we have fallen 
into the trap of thinking, "as long as we don't commit the very 
act, we're innocent." But that is far from the truth. Jesus said 
in Matt. 5:28, "But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on 
a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her 
already in his heart." That doesn't take much action to be guilty 
does it? We should flee; chase even the first wrong thought 
from our minds. Even though God's people would admit that 
lustful looks are wrong, because of what Jesus said, it's 
surprising what actions many think are acceptable. 

It seems too often we get our standard of action from the 
world. "Just as long as we're not quite as bad as the world 
around us we're all right." Paul writes to the Romans (13:13), 
"Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and 


drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife 
and envying." This word, chambering, is talking about illicit 
bedroom activity. Some other translations use the word, 
debauchery. The word, wantonness, has about the same 
meaning. Paul says, "Let us walk honestly (decently, becom- 
ingly) as in the day." Just because the world around us is no 
longer ashamed to act indecently, unbecomingly, in the day 
(public) does not mean it's acceptable behavior. 

Then he goes on in verse 14, "But put ye on the Lord Jesus 
Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts 
thereof." The natural man wants to seek sensual pleasures, 
(make provision for the flesh) and aU of us that are living, have 
our nature to contend with. Our appetites and desires must be 
controlled by our minds. We must take on the mind of Christ 
and yield our will (desires) to Hira Titus 2:11,12 says, "For the 
grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we 
should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present 
world." If we're going to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts 
we must control the mind or heart, because our lives are an 
expression of what's inside us. 

When you see courtship in the world, you see anything but 
an effort to control the natural desires. We see them pampered, 
encouraged. Why? Because that's what feels good-what the 
flesh desires. But as Christian people we don't want any part in 
that kind of conduct. 

First, let's look at the matter of appearance. The world, or 
natural man, wants to dress, walk, act in such a way as to draw 
attention to themselves. They display the body to incite the 
passions of others. The Christian's goal should be the opposite. 
We should desire to cover the body and let the hidden man of 
the heart shine forth. It seems like women have more of a 
responsibility in this area than men, although it no doubt applies 
to men as well. It seems like it's the woman's natural desire to 


draw attention to the body, and the man's natural desire to give 
it. Both, I believe, are equally wrong. But I think that's why 
there seems to be more said in the Bible about women's attire 
than about men f s. 

Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, Matt. 5:28, "But I 
say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after 
her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart/ 1 
Possibly one of the biggest deceptions in the world today is the 
replacing of the word, lust, with the word, love. There is a 
world of difference between the two. Love is of God. It's a 
concern for others; in its fullness the person who loves will lay 
down his life for others. Lust is of the devil. It's sin. It's the 
desire to have something that is not rightfully yours. Yet we 
see many people, including professing Christians, who are 
pampering their lust in the area of courtship, and ascribing it to 
love. How sad. What blindness! 

When we pray the Lord's prayer, we pray, "Lead us not into 
temptation, but deliver us from evil." Do we pray that and then 
walk right into temptation and expect God to deliver us from 
evil? It's my belief that there should be no physical contact 
between dating couples. 

If Jesus classifies lustful looks (thoughts) as adultery, how 
would he classify more intimate activities? Yet people say, "It's 
not a problem of lust with me, it's just an expression of our 
love." If that is true, why does it lead so many couples into the 
actual sin? Couples who thought they would never go that far? 
Considering the activities many Christian people think are 
acceptable for courtship, I'm not surprised there's such an 
epidemic of sin against the body, that's not to be named once 
among us. James writes in James 1:15, "then when hist hath 
conceived, it bringeth forth sin..." It's not love that results in 
sin; love is of God. It says earlier in James 1:13,14, "Let no 
man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God 
cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But 


every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, 
and enticed." Why tempt ourselves to sin? James writes on in 
the fifteenth verse, "and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth 
death." None of us want death. 

Have you ever heard of any godly person who regretted that 
they hadn't engaged in a little more physical familiarity during 
their courtship? I haven't. But I have heard, and read, of many 
who had deep regrets because they had used too much liberty. 
James writes, "when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin." 
Jesus puts it a little stronger. He says lust fe sin. Let's flee; run 
the other way, not sidle up as close as we can. 

Paul writes in II Tim. 2:22, "Flee also youthful lusts: but 
follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call 
on the Lord out of a pure heart." It says, "flee youthful lusts." 
WeVe been writing some of that. It also says there are some 
good things to do. It says to follow these good things, "with 
them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." We want to 
sweep our house clean. We also want to fill it with good 

We might think of our courtship days as laying the 
foundation for our married life. If we want to have a good, 
successful marriage, we must start with a good foundation. If 
we find ourselves in the situation of a troubled marriage as a 
result of a poor foundation, there's still hope for us, but we're 
going to have to start over, repent of the past, and build the 
way God intended for us to build, (to be continued) 

—Neil Martin 
New Paris, Indiana 

A little bit of patience often makes the sunshine come, 
And a little bit of love makes a very happy home; 
A little bit of hope makes a rainy day look gay, 
And a little bit of charity makes glad a weary way. 
—from the Evangelical Visitor, 1896 





Christmas Day, 1723, was a landmark for the struggling 
Brethren church in America. The church had no ordained 
minister in the New World, so Peter was chosen to act as Elder. 
He baptized the six new members in the Wissahickon Creek. 
Afterwards, the first Lovefeast of the Brethren in America was 
held at the Gomorry home. Twenty-three people were present. 

They washed each other ! s feet, ate the Lord's Supper, 
passed the kiss of charity with the right hand of fellowship, 
partook of the holy communion, sang a hymn, and went out. 

The congregation now was organized and grew rapidly. 
The following autumn, October, 1724, it was decided to visit 
everyone again— those in the congregation and any other 
interested persons. They were nearly done with their visits 
when they learned of some awakened souls in the Conestoga 

Peter and some Brethren went to visit these people, and 
Peter baptized six of them, Conrad Beissel was present. He 
had already baptized himself, but now he knew that he should 
be baptized by another man. He could hardly bring himself to 
be baptized by Peter Becker, whom he considered to be inferior 
in spiritual understanding. He felt his religious experiences, 
especially during his living in solitude, far surpassed Peter f s. 
Then he remembered that Jesus had submitted to baptism by 
someone lesser than Himself- John the Baptist. At last he 
humbled himself and became the seventh person to be baptized 
that day. 

After the following Sunday, the congregation at Conestoga was 
left on its own with Conrad Beissel as its leader. The Brethren 


wanted it to be independent because of the "great distance" 
separating them from the group at Germantown. Whether or 
not this was the real reason is questionable. Peter was to regret 
this action in years to come as the Conestoga congregation fell 
away under Beissel' s leadership. 

Beissel and the majority of his group withdrew from the 
Brethren in 1728 and set up their own community at Ephrata. 
They rebaptized themselves and observed the Sabbath. A 
peaceful separation would have been in order, but Beissel was 
not one to do things peacefully. He sent Michael Wohlfahrt to 
a public meeting of the Brethren where he openly attacked the 
church and Peter Becker. "Men and Brethren, thus saith the 
Lord, ye have gone mad; this is a city that is destroyed; And 
unto you, Peter Becker, the Lord saith, why dost thou declare 
my rights and hast my covenant on thy lips, while yet thou 
hatest order and throwest my words behind thee!" 

Peter had no words of retaliation. Instead, he wept and 
prayed for the church and especially for the group that had left. 
Peter was reminded many times of his poor judgment in leaving 
the young Conestoga congregation on its own, but nothing 
could be reversed now. 

Alexander Mack came to America with a large group of the 
Brethren the next year, 1729. Peter shared with him his 
concerns. The next October (1730) Mack went with several of 
the Brethren to a meeting with Ephrataites. Beissel attended 
but made it clear that he was not interested in discussing their 
differences. Several years later, when another attempt was 
made at reconciliation, Beissel found something else to do and 
did not even attend the meeting, (to be concluded) 

—Karen L. Conley 
Mount Joy, Pennsylvania 

Kind words are not costly; use them freely. 



A Christ-like heart, is what we need;-- 
One that is pure and true. 
A caring heart, in word and deed; 
We'll do, what He would do. 

A child-like heart, this heart will be;~ 
Simple, trustful, and meek; 
That wants God's help, the way to see;-- 
That knows full well, I'm weak. 

A servant's heart, that wants to please 
His master, in all things; 
That does not seek, to live at ease, 
But all for God it brings. 

A mother's heart, of great concern, 
And one like father's, too; 
That for the children's good does burn. 
That they'll have good hearts too. 

A heart that bleeds for all the lost, 
That they may feel our love, 
And come to God who paid such cost 
That they might live above. 

A soldier's heart, one trained for war, 
Commitment full to God; 
His orders hear and do e'en more, 
Till laid beneath the sod. 

A pilgrim's heart; a stranger here; 
Just seeking that bright home; 
Content with God, we will not fear, 
For soon the Lord will come. 

-James Beery 
Nappanee, Indiana 



The scriptural diagnosis of fallen humanity isn't a very good 
report. The root problem is that of the heart. It is diagnosed as 
"deceitful above all things and desperately wicked." (Jeremiah 
17:9) This is a universal absolute with all men —no exceptions. 
To deny this is to accuse God of being untruthful. (I John 1:10) 
It is quite clear in the scripture that man of himself is unable to 
change this condition. (Prov, 21:2) The Great Physician has 
diagnosed our condition and also prescribed a remedy. If we 
follow the remedy carefully, without fail, we will be restored 
with new hearts. 

The diagnosis reveals the problem as the heart being hard, 
proud, selfish, and deceitM. We are warned to not lean on our 
own understanding (Prov. 3:5); which implies that we need help 
from some other source. There are only two sources we can go 
to— our heavenly Father and our fellowmen. The prescription 
calls us to both. Submitting to these two sources is the sure 
remedy to restore our hearts to become new. 

The first source isn't too difficult to claim and we all like to 
claim it. The second source is seemingly more difficult and 
openly ignored by many. To claim the first source, we prove it 
by the second. Our main concern should be in submission 
rather than being submitted to. All men are accountable to their 
fellowmen, either by law of force or willing submission. The 
highest office in this world is subject to others. If this is 
violated it brings disaster and ruin. This is because of man's 
inability of himself to know himself 

A willing submission to those we are accountable to is the 
nerve of meaningful relationships, which is God's hand that 
touches us as we submit to God. Willing submission to one 
another that produces a relationship of trust and confidence can 
only be found in the community of believers. There is no other 
environment that is able to heal and recreate the heart of man. 


Since man cannot see himself he needs to be in an 
environment where his life can be observed by men of God, and 
be accountable to them They have a right to ask those hard 
questions. Only in humble submission is this possible. To live a 
solitary life that only holds himself accountable to the laws of 
force in society is opening his life to sin. He has built a wall 
around himself is untouchable, and is defying the very source of 

Willing submission to God and to one another is a testimony 
of spiritual power, and is the truest form of humility,- "yea, all 
of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with 
humility..." (I Peter 5:5) 

—Kenneth Martin 


A woman worthy of praise 
Has a measure of faith that is great. 
Christ honored a woman one day 
Saying to her, "Great is thy faith." 

A woman worthy of praise 
Her price is above rubies rare. 
Favor, beauty, and charm, they are vain, 
But with virtue! -what can compare? 

A woman worthy of praise 
Is one who feareth the Lord. 
Her actions, her life, reveal it is so, 
It is more that just in her words. 


A woman worthy of praise, 
Her husband in her safely trusts, 
Doing good and not evil to him every day, 
All her life to her is a "must." 

A woman worthy of praise 
Provides for her family's needs. 
She willingly works with her hands, 
And good to the poor are her deeds. 

A woman worthy of praise 
She manages her own household well. 
Idleness is not the bread that she eats. 
Wisdom, kindness are words that she tells. 

A woman worthy of praise, 

Shall rejoice in a time to come. 

Her own works shall praise her within the gates 

For all that's been virtuously done. 

So many women of praise 
Have touched and blessed us through time. 
Mothers, sisters, and friends in the faith, 
They're a blessing that's truly divine. 

A woman worthy of praise, 

They inspire my life this to be: 

To pass on the blessing they freely have given, 

Our honor may they all receive. 

—Miriam Beery 
-Nappanee, Indiana 


We can't get along very well in this life without friends. If 
we want friends we must be friends to others. A friend is 
someone that knows all about you but loves you anyway. A 
friendly person has many good friends. Therefore he is a happy 
person! What a good way to start a new year! 

Jessica was a house cat. She hardly ever went outside. She 
had everything she wanted. She got all the affection and praise. 
Jessica had it made and she knew it. One day a new kitty was 
added to the household. His name was Joshua. When Jessica 
saw the new kitty, she hissed and ran outside. She wouldn't 
come inside. She lost weight and wouldn't purr anymore. Once 
in awhile she would come in to the house. And Joshua would 
run toward her. He wanted to be friends. Jessica would growl 
and run back outside. Joshua never gave up on being friends. 
Finally Jessica came back to the house to live. Joshua was 
excited. He watched every move Jessica made. One day they 
ate out of the same bowl. Soon they were sleeping in the same 
chair. Jessica stopped growling and started purring. 

All you children have heard a cat purr. That is their happy 
motor. Have you ever heard a cat purr that wasn f t happy? Let's 
not be like Jessica and pout when someone else gets the 
attention you think you deserve. Be a Joshua and see how 
much love you can give. Happy and contented cats purr. When 
we are sad the happy motor stops and the growling starts. 
Keep your happy motor going. 

—Everett Oyler 

Non-Profit Org. Bulk Rate-U.S. Postage Paid Permit # 10 

Sonora, CA 

19201 Cherokee Rd 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL.42 FEBRUARY, 1995 No. 2 

''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." t Peter 2.11 


Oh, the peace of full surrender! 

All my joy to do His will! 
Mine to trust His faithful promise; 

His the promise to fulfill. 

Oh, the glory and the rapture 
Thus to dwell with Christ the Lord; 

New dalight and wisdom gaining 
From the study of His Word. 

Pleasured songs no more entice me, 
Nor the bugle note of Fame; 

Sweeter far the holy music 
Of my dear Redeemer's Name. 

Oh, the glory and the rapture- 
Earthly burdens pass away! 

Stormy winter turns to summer; 
Lonely darkness into day. 


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The world has a crazy set of values. Nowhere is this more 
obvious than the comparison of the life of Jesus to that of the 
Pharisees. At the close of the parable of the unjust steward, 
Jesus told them: "If therefore ye have not been faithful in the 
unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true 
riches? 11 (Luke 16:11) The unrighteous mammon means 
money. The true riches are what God gives and, as Jesus 
implies here, are of far greater value. If verses 11 and 12 are 
parallel thoughts, the unrighteous mammon is "another man's" 
and the true riches "that which is your own." The true riches 
actually are ours to have and use, but they are given by God 
according to His wisdom. Let us consider these two 
contrasting values. 

We are all too familiar with the unrighteous mammon. We 
handle it nearly every day. It buys most of our food, as well as 
our clothing, homes, and cars. It can be used to feed the 
hungry and relieve poverty, not to mention to aid in the support 
of the church and the spread of the Gospel. How then does our 
money deserve the name "unrighteous mammon"? 

Paul writes to Timothy, "For the love of money is the root 
of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred 
from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many 
sorrows." (I Timothy 6: 10) In the verse before he warns, "But 
they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into 
many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction 
and perdition." Though it may not in itself be wicked, we can 
see that anything that has such hazards connected with it can be 
called un-righteous. A steep, rocky trail with places to fall here 
and there can truly be called a treacherous route though the 


path itself is only soil and rock and though it may be surrounded 
by beautiful scenery. No, money cannot be called the true 

What then is meant by true riches? The true riches must be 
that which has a high value— not by the world's standards— but 
by God's standards. In our passage it tells that the Pharisees 
"derided" or scoffed at Jesus when they heard Him. Perhaps 
they thought, "What can a poor itinerant preacher know about 
finances?" For generations, money had been high on their list of 
values. They even cheated the widows to get it. They were 
authorities on finances. But Jesus told them, "Ye, are they 
which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your 
hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is 
abomination in the sight of God." God has a different way of 
weighing values— a different treasure. 

What is valued and highly esteemed by God? We find the 
answer— not in the stores or markets of the world or in our own 
reasoning, and not in the splashy newspaper ads, but in the 
Bible. In I Peter 1:18, 19, values are again compared: 
"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with 
corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain 
conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with 
the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and 
without spot." This precious blood is valuable enough to 
redeem all men and women of the world. Its worth cannot be 
measured in dollars, but in eons of happiness and multitudes of 
redeemed souls, and in countless anthems of praise to the 

In I Peter 3:3,4 we have still another contrast: "Whose 
adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, 
and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be 
the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, 
even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the 
sight of God of great price" This Scripture is addressed to 


women, but surely the principle can apply to us as men as well. 
If you want to acquire or cultivate something valuable to God, 
develop a meek and quiet spirit. Sometimes we wonder what 
passages mean, and lament about our limited understanding. 
But this passage is unmistakable in its meaning. A meek and 
quiet spirit pleases God --is valuable to Him, and it is a treasure 
we can have. 

Psalm 116:15 gives another idea of what God values: 
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." We 
mourn when our loved ones leave us. Death looms in the path 
ahead of us like something hideous. But the Word says that 
God values the death of His saints. Victory is there. God has 
complete control. He gathers His saints like a bountifid harvest, 
a profitable venture, a discovery of precious gems. To Him it 
is precious. 

To us, life is precious. Men will give their fortunes to buy 
an extension of life. Medical research to prolong life requires 
millions and billions. If our life here is precious to us, how 
much more the eternal life of perfection with God. Jesus said 
(John 6:27), "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for 
that meat which endureth unto life, which the Son of man shall 
give unto you..." Isaiah 55:2 questions, "Wherefore do ye 
spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for 
that which satisfieth not?.,." In Revelation 3:17 the church of 
the Laodiceans is told by Jesus, "I counsel thee to buy of me 
gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich..." 

People don't always know what is best for them Our values 
get mixed up. Will we trade a few years of serving self for an 
eternity of joy? Jesus tells us, "Lay not up for yourselves 
treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and 
where thieves break through and steal... For where your treasure 
is, there will your heart be also." (Mat. 6:19-21) Jesus, and 
only Jesus, has the true riches. — L.C. 



When Jesus was here, there were people who believed His 
teaching but didn't confess Him, because they loved the praises 
of men more than the praise of God. (John 12:42,43) They 
desired to be well thought of and honored by their peers and by 
the people of their community. They were unwilling to take up 
the cross and suffer with Him, and because of this, they could 
not be His followers. 

I believe this is still a problem among us today. Those of us 
who call ourselves "plain people" bear a very visible testimony 
to those around us. We claim it is because we love and serve 
the Lord. 

If this is true, our actions will lead us in Jesus' steps. We 
will have the same desires and goals as He had. If we follow 
His steps, we will not always be understood or well thought of 

Public approval is a very fickle, and unstable thing. At 
times the people wanted to make Jesus king, and at times they 
wanted to stone Him. 

If we follow His steps, we will, to some degree, experience 
these conditions. At times we will be praised, and at times we 
will be scorned. 

Jesus came to do His Father's will and bring salvation to all 
who would receive Him. He went about doing good to all. He 
offered hope to the sinners, encouragement to the discouraged, 
and sometimes some pretty uncomfortable teaching to those 
who claimed to be serving God. 

His goal was to save all who should be saved. He never 
made His decisions, or changed His actions to gain public 
approval. Do we? 

He even suffered and died in disgrace for us poor sinners. 
Are we willing to follow Him through misunderstandings, 
disapproval, suffering, and even death, for the good of others? 


If not, we are not truly following His steps, and will never be 
effective servants in His kingdom. If we desire man's approval 
more than God's; then we cannot be effective witnesses for 

This does not mean we will disregard the concerns of 
others. We will desire council and help. It just means that 
following Jesus must always be first, no matter what others 

If we are truly committed to Christ, our primary purpose is 
to be His witnesses. Our great concern wiU be to draw others 
to Him. How is it with us? Is He truly the Lord and Director 
of all we do? 

When those of us who are parents, have children who 
misbehave, or older children who do things they shouldn't, what 
is uppermost in our mind? Are we worried what others will 
think? Or are we pleading with the Lord to use us in any way 
to lead them to Him? Do we care enough to be misunderstood 
or to suffer with them for their good? 

When someone errs in the church, or is having struggles of 
some kind, are we concerned about our "image 1 '? Or are we 
through prayer in humility trying to restore, lift up, and 
encourage the struggling one? 

In the Old Testament the Lord repeatedly warned the 
people about idolatry. They suffered terribly because of it. If 
we are seeking to be well thought of by men (to maintain our 
image), this will become idolatry to us as surely as the gold or 
silver images were to the Israelites. 

May God help us see this issue clearly! May He bless us 
with commitment and dedication that will keep us yielded and 
pliable in His hand! Let's be true to Him through both good and 
ill even to death! 

The rewards, both in this life and the life to come, are to 
those who follow His steps! -James Beery 

Nappanee, Indaina 



When looking for a life's companion, the Word has some 
things for us to look for. In I Peter 3:3-5, speaking to wives he 
says, "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of 
plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of 
apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which 
is not corruptible, even the adornment of a meek and quiet 
spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this 
manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in 
God, adorned themselves..." We want to look for this meek 
and quiet spirit. If it's of great price in the sight of God, surely 
it should be to us as well. Yet we see women who profess 
godliness trying to adorn the body, with hairstyles, flashy tight 
fitting clothing... That's anything but the ornament of a meek 
and quiet spirit. You hear people say, "But that's not the way 
that person is. When you get to know them they do have a 
godly spirit." Well, the Bible says, "Out of the abundance of the 
heart the. mouth. spe^keth." It also says, "Whose adorniiig Jet it 
not be that outward adorning." How can we say the outward 
expression doesn't mean anything? 

The goal of flashy or immodest outward adorning is to get 
favorable attention for the body or self, so maybe the problem is 
more the man's than the woman f s. If men would not be 
impressed with an outward show it would remove the desire to 
be showy. 

"The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit." Never 
underestimate the importance of it! As life goes on and 
husband and wife live together, it will greatly affect the 
harmony and effectiveness of the home, because the biblical 
position of the wife is to be submissive. Any other spirit brings 
confusion and problems. 

When a girl considers a boy for dating or marriage, one of 


the most important tilings to look for is whether he is consider- 
ate of everyone. Hie Bible commands men to love their wives. 
Even though you think he's loving you, if he isn't kind toward 
everyone, be careM. When life goes on and he gets used to 
you, he will probably treat you like he treats everyone else. 
You want to look for someone with a converted, loving heart; 
not just someone who seems obsessed with you. 

God has designed it that the man should be the head of the 
home. That headship should start in the courtship years. The 
man is most responsible for the way the courtship is conducted. 
Does he willingly, seriously, take his place? Not that the girl 
can't offer suggestions, or that they shouldn't discuss decisions 
together, but remember, God has designed it that man should be 
the head of the home, and that the woman should be 
submissive. It ought to be in the same order in courtship as 
well^ or it probably won't be that way in marriage either. Is he 
someone you can willingly submit to? Can you trust his 
judgment? Any other order besides God's order brings 

There are many constructive things to do when a dating 
couple is together. They can read together, the Bible, as well as 
other books. They can sing together. They should pray 
together. Possibly they could go visit old people together. 
There are many more upbuilding things to do. Most of all, talk 
with each other. Learn to know the other's likes and dislikes 
and what their beliefs and convictions are. Find out whether 
this person is someone you can agree and harmonize with. 
Never figure you can change him to thinking and acting like you 
think he should after marriage. 

When you are together with the rest of the young folks, be a 
part of the whole group. There is plenty of time when you are 
alone together to be with each other. It has always looked like 
a sign of immaturity to me, when, after couples started dating, 
they thought they had to always be together. Whether the 


young folks are singing, playing games, travelling, whatever 
they are doing together, be a part of the big group and include 
everyone. It not only is the considerate way to treat the rest; 
it's good for you as well. Hopefully, all your life you will be 
working and associating with this group of people. Right now 
in young folks is the best time to learn to know, appreciate, and 
get along well with each other. 

It seems to me a courtship should not be too long. How 
long is too long no doubt varies with age and circumstances. 
But for the couple who is mature, and has grown up together in 
the same community, I think a year is probably long enough. 

Above all, pray to God for guidance in this matter before 
you start, and during courtship. God answers sincere prayer. 

The Lord be with you all. 

—Neil Martin 
New Paris, Indiana 


The Bible is the written Word of God, communicating with 
His creation. It is the source of all knowledge. Its validity and 
authority is unquestionable. Some day all men will have to give 
an account to it. 

Had man not fallen from communion and fellowship with 
God, there would have been no need for His written Word. 

When man defiled himself he could no longer live and 
converse with God's actual presence-or even look on Him and 
live. God's presence and sin cannot dwell together. 
God's written Word is the way He chose to communicate with 
fallen man in our day. The sole purpose of the Scripture is to 
reveal God and to restore humanity to God's likeness in 
righteousness and holiness, so that we can again dwell with 
Him. This should be the desire of all men, and is what God is 
longing for. 


In His Word He reveals to us a jealous God, aud that there 
is no other. He wants our total devotion. He wants us to 
forsake all we have and are, and in faith trust Him in this. Only 
then can He have Ml control of our lives and return all we have 
forsaken and more— also eternal life. (Mark 19:29,30) 

The written Word predicted a Savior that was to come to 
earth and pardon us from the death penalty that all men were 
bound to. It reveals that this has come to pass in a marvelous 
way. Now with faith in this Savior, and through Him, by the 
Holy Spirit, man can communicate with God and be restored to 
His likeness in righteousness and perfection. The Scriptures call 
us to this and declare it is attainable. 

They tell us of men that were able to attain the virtues of 
God-not that they were always able to fulfill the righteousness 
of the law, but in failure they responded in true humility and 

Only in this spirit can we be transformed into His likeness. 
This spirit is what God desires in us, and this allows Him to 
mold us in His own image and be declared perfect in His sight. 
-Kenneth Martin^ Nappane^ Indiana 


We, the members of the Eastern District of the Old Brethren 
have appointed March 25 and 26, the Lord willing, for our 
Spring Lovefeast Communion to be held at our meeting house 
near Wakarusa, Indiana. We extend a hearty welcome to all our 
members and friends to attend this meeting. -Melvin Coning 

MARTIN - A daughter, Jemima Elli, born January 18, to Neil 
and Lois Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 

COVER — A daughter, Edith Rose, born January 29, to Peter 
and Denita Cover of Tuolumne, California. 



JACOB RAYMOND WAGONER, known as "Jake", was 
born September 2, 1895, near Pyrmont, Indiana, son of Isaac J. 
and Mary (Metzger) Wagoner. In 1909 ? he moved with his 
family to Minot, North Dakota, where he farmed with his father 
until he started carpentry in 1916, when they moved to Flint, 
Michigan for over a year, then on to Goshen, Indiana. 

In 1921, Jake and Aaron Skiles went to North Dakota to 
work in the summer harvest and on to Wenatchee, Washington, 
to work in the apple harvest. From there, he and three other 
young men from North Dakota: Howard Beachler, Jack Frank, 
and Forrest Miller, traveled by car for nine days, arriving at 
Modesto, California, in November, 1921. It was here that Jake 
met Ella Cover, daughter of Joseph M. and Annie Cover, After 
a year of courtship, Jake and Ella were married on August 24, 
1924, at the Cover home. Part of their new house on Blue Gum 
Avenue was built before their marriage, and several additions 
were added by Jake during the next few years. He and Ella 
shared their lives and home in this house for over 70 years, on 
their farm 

To Jake and Ella's union were bom three children, Evelyn, 
Howard, and Milly. As Jake wrote himself his two oldest 
children "preceded him to the glory world." Howard, age 17, 
drowned in 1945. Evelyn King died in a car accident in 1984. 
At Howard's death, Jake and Ella invited and welcomed 
Howard's best friend, Bob Herse, into their home to live, and he 
has been a member of the family ever since. 

Jake accepted Christ and was baptized early in his life. 
Christ was his loving example to live by. Jake's example of 
steadfast commitment to the Lord is a legacy and rich heritage 
left for all who knew and loved him. Each evening after 
Scripture reading and prayer, Jake and Ella exchanged the 
words: "We know we have the Lord and we have each other. 


What more could we want?" 

After his "official 11 retirement from carpentry in 1972, Jake 
continued giving of these talents for many years. Carpentry was 
almost a small part of his busy-ness. He lovingly gave his all to 
care for Ella, after she contracted polio in 1950. 

At their home, Jake passed away at 6:26 p.m., on December 
31, 1994, at the age of 99 years, 3 months, and 29 days. 

Jake leaves to mourn his absence, and rejoice in his 
"graduation": his loving wife Ella; their daughter Milly JL Wing 
and her husband Dave; his son-in-law, John King and his wife 
Clara; Robert "Bob" Herse; 11 grandchildren and 22 great- 

He was also preceded in death by his two brothers: Jesse A. 
and Amos J. Wagoner; and four sisters: Lucy Blocher, Frances 
Huftbrd, Katherine Wagoner, and Betty Wagoner. 

Services were held Friday, January 6, at 11 a.m. in the Salas 
Brothers Funeral Chapel, Modesto, where Pastor Glen Shirk of 
the Grace Brethren Church officiated. The Congregation sang 
"Blessed Assurance" and "Trust and Obey." Burial followed in 
the Wood Colony Cemetery where Elder Leslie Cover of the 
Old Brethren Church officiated, and a number of hymns were 
sung while the grave was being filled. 

—The Family 




The group of Brethren meeting in America since Mack's 
group had come over was so large that they could no longer fit 
in the members' houses for church services. Christopher Sower 
built a 60* x 60' house in Germantown. The upper story was 
made with removable partitions so meeting could be held there. 

The Brethren held services every Sunday, and a weekly 


council on Thursdays. Sunday afternoons, a service was held 
for the unmarried members. It was during these services the 
spirit of discontent from the Ephrata community was spread. In 
1739, despite the councils of Peter Becker, a large group 
followed Stephen Koch and went to join BeisseL A few of 
those who left, including Alexander Mack, Jr., thought better of 
it, and eventually came back. 

Peter was most likely the only preacher of the Brethren left 
at this time because three left for Germantown with Beissel and 
one had just died. This test served to strengthen him as he 
shouldered the added responsibilities and worked to keep the 
church together. 

Peter and his wife had two daughters: Mary and Elizabeth. 
Mary married Rudolph Harley, Jr., and they had thirteen 
children. Elizabeth married Jacob Stump. They had two 
children. His daughters and their families joined the church. 
What a joy for Peter to see that his children walked in truth! 

Peter's wife died in 1746. He bore his grief with the same 
patient trust with which he faced his other trials. The next year, 
he moved to Indian Creek, where he lived out the rest of his 
days in his daughter Mary's home. 

Conrad Beissel wrote several letters to Peter Becker as he 
got older. None of them was an outright apology, but perhaps 
they were his way of asking for forgiveness. He spoke of the 
opportunities for the church and seemed to ignore the main 
conflicts of their past. He writes; 

To Peter Becker: Patient in sorrows, innocent in loving, 
consumed by misery, makes over souls weary before God.... Oh, 
my dear, had I but been able to embrace thee more in this precious 
life of Grace, what a God-pleasing joy it would have given me. 
Only the sorrowful regret must be my comfort this hour, .and I am 
still your debtor, for you have not received your due for all that 
you have done for me. Oh, how great is ignorance! The Lord 
from heaven must be your reward and paymaster, for I can no 
more make it up." 


According to the Ephrata Chronicea, Beissel went to visit 
Peter and said, "What a pity it is that there were no wise men 
among you when the awakening in Conestoga commenced; how 
we could now live under your shelter!" which caused Peter to 

Peter went to meet the One whom he had worked so hard 
to serve all his life in 1758, at the age of seventy-one. 

"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I 
will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I 
am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your 
souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Mat. 11:28-30 
He was buried in the Harleysville Brethren Cemetery in 
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. A simple sandstone 
marker saying only "Anno 1758, P.B." was placed over his 
grave. Eventually it sank out of sight. His great-great 
grandson, Abraham CasseL, had another stone erected there in 
1886. When they were digging to put the new stone in its 
place, the old stone was dug up. 

Here ends the earthly life of another patriarch of the church, 
but others carry his vision on. Peter's patience and 
understanding were often tried, and many times when others 
would have given up, he persevered. His philosophy for life can 
best be summed up by the hymns he wrote. Through his words 
we can hear the voice of experience from this dedicated saint 
yet today: 

11 In faith and hope then travel on, 

And never be dismayed, 

And keep right to the word of God; 

Your debt has all been paid. 

This leads you safely through with ease, 

Though might not always nature please, 

But hope; with patience wait. 1 ' 

—Karen L. Conley 
Moimt Joy, Pennsylvania 


THEM THAT OBEY HIM (Hebrews 5:9) 
"And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal 
salvation unto all that obey him." (Hebrews 5:9) 

This meaningful verse has stayed in my mind from a Bible 
study my husband led for us at home. How wonderful! Jesus is 
the author of our eternal salvation. How important the last four 
words are: "Them that obey him." Oftentimes people grasp the 
eternal salvation part and rejoice. However we need to remem- 
ber that because we are saved, we obey Him We don't just say 
it, we live it. The Christian life is a daily walk in obedience to 
Jesus. Let "them that obey Him" include us all. 

Four little words, 

Little you see, 

Pointing to Christ 

Say you and me. 

Them that obey 
Follow the Lord, 
Living The Way, 
Reach a reward; 

Reading the Word, 
Studying it too, 
Praying to God, 
Learning to do, 

-Sharon See, Santa Rosa, California 


On January 21, we of the Eastern Congregation, were 
happy to have Abigail Royer, Kerry Royer, and Martha Flora 
unite with us by Christian baptism upon the confession of then- 
faith in Jesus. May they ever be true to the One who brought 
life and salvation to all who will faithfully serve Him. 

—Melvin Coning 


Many years ago Henry Ford made his first car. It was called 
a Ford car, A few years later Henry and three of his friends 
were on a camping trip. They were driving a model T Ford of 
Henry's. One evening they were caniped along the road. A 
man came walking toward them. He said, "Gentlemen, I am in 
trouble. I was on my way to meeting, and my poor car broke 
down. Do any of you know anything about a Ford?" One in 
the group pointed to Henry and said, "That old fellow there 
knows quite a lot about a Ford. 

Henry and the man drove to the stalled car. Soon Henry 
had the car running better than it had before. Both Henry and 
the man were happy. "How much do I owe you?" asked the 
man. "Nothing at all," replied Henry. "It has given me pleasure 
to be able to help you." 

The man didn't know Henry had made the car. Why 
shouldn't he make it run like new? He knew every part. 

Children, we all make mistakes. We get discouraged. 
Sometimes it seems we are going backward instead of forward. 
Like the stalled car, sometimes we just don't run right. Do you 
know who can help you? Your parents can. But better yet, 
why not talk to the One that made you? Jesus knows our every 
part. He knows what we need to run like new. All we need to 
do is ask. Talk to Jesus in prayer. Ask Him to help you. Then 
Jesus will say like Henry did, "It has given me pleasure to be 
able to help you." —Everett Oyler 

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VOL. 42 MARCH, 1995 No, 3 

''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2.11 


One more day's work for Jesus, one less of life for me; 

But heaven is nearer, and Christ is dearer, 

Than yesterday to me; 

His love and light fill all my sold tonight. 

One more day's work for Jesus; how glorious is my King! 

Tis joy, not duty, to speak His beauty: 

My soul mounts on the wing 

At the mere thought how Christ my life has bought. 

One more day's work for Jesus; how sweet the work has been, 

To tell the story, to show the glory 

Where Christ's flock enter in! 

How it did shine in this poor heart of mine! 

One more day's work for Jesus«0 yes, a weary day; 
But heaven shines clearer, and rest comes nearer, 
At each step of the way; 
And Christ in ail-before His face I fall. 

O blessed work for Jesus! O rest at Jesus' feet! 
There toil seems pleasure, my wants are treasure, 
And pain for Him is sweet; 
Lord if I may, Til serve another day. 

— Eben E. Rexford 

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The preacher was challenging young people to know true 
values from false ones and he cried out "What's big? What is 
important in your life?" The answer, of course, was being 
children of God— professing Jesus Christ in a fickle unbelieving 
world. This should be big in our eyes. But somehow this most 
important value is lived out in some of the smallest ways. In 
desiring the best, the biggest, the most highly esteemed, we 
sometimes overlook the best ways to attain these great things. 
Jesus preached a principle when He said, "He that is faithful in 
that which is least is faithful also in much..." (Luke 16:10) and 
"...Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee 
ruler over many things. . . " Matthew 25:21 

Now we don't say that little things are important and big 
ones are not. We only want to mention a few small things and 
seemingly unimportant ways that can contribute to the most 
important results. 

Did you ever study ants? Proverbs 6:6-8 gives this tiny 
animal as an example of industry. "Go to the ant, thou 
sluggard: consider her ways, and be wise." They have no one 
to direct them, and yet they gather food for winter. This tiny 
creature is a picture of selfless labor for the good of the colony. 
The workers have no hope of being queen, but they team up to 
drag in food for the queen and for the young. They work 
together by laying a "scent trail" to guide others to a food 
source. Ants are little, but important lesson givers. 

James tells how important is the little tongue. It has a 
potential for good or evil. In the same chapter he writes that 
the helm or rudder on a ship is used to turn the whole vessel. 


So is a small bit in a horse's mouth. How we should watch our 
tongue, because he tells us further that with it we can bless God 
or curse men! And that "If any man offend not in word, the 
same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body/' 

The little words are what we use most frequently-like the 
being verbs: am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been. How 
important they are! And did you ever think of the difference the 
little word "if 1 can make? "If ye continue in my wond, then are 
ye my disciples indeed..." "If thou canst believe, all tilings are 
possible to him that believeth." "If the Son therefore shall make 
you free, ye shall be free indeed." 

Someone has pointed out that on a long walk, it isn't the 
hills and big rocks in the way, but a little pebble in your shoe 
that can make the most difficulty. 

A little gift with the attitude of love can patch a quarrel or 
improve a friendship. (Try it on your wife.) A little smile can 
set the tone of a conversation. Small acts of kindness can 
encourage far out of proportion to the effort they take. 

The littlest people seem to draw the most attention. At 
church, the babies are welcomed and admired. They receive the 
most care because they need it so much. Young girls and boys 
alike enjoy to cany them around. How innocent they are! We 
should be like them. 

Then we need to mention those who say little, but when 
they speak it means so much. Proverbs 17:27: "He that hath 
knowledge spareth his words..." On the other hand, "small 
talk 11 is usually not small in its amount, but in its importance. 

We see that little things can mean a lot. Our lives are made 
up of small deeds, but the one who can be faithful in these small 
responsibilities is the one who is really useful. In the poem from 
Holland, the boy who put his hand in the small leak in the dike 
was honored for having saved the land from a devastating flood. 
The small nephew of Paul overheard a plot to take his life. His 


simple faithfulness and courage to tell Paul and the chief captain 
thwarted the plot and saved the life of the great Apostle of 

We are to become converted and be as little children to be 
great in the Kingdom. Our sights should be on the little ways 
that we can serve. Too often we honor the spectacular and 
tend to think small things are of less value. 

Prayer, Bible reading, visiting, volunteering, smiling, and 
praising are small, simple things to do, but the results and 
rewards are immeasurable in earthly values. 

God told Jeremiah to say to Baruch his scribe, "And seekest 
thou great things for thyself? seek them not... but thy life will I 
give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest." 
(Jeremiah 45:5) Baruch had been faithful. The same assurance 
can be ours, God will take care of us, but we won ! t likely be 
famous. We are required only to be faithful and to fill the place 
God has given us even though it may seem small and 

Seekest thou great things? Seek them not; 
Better to labor in thy lot. 
Willing to honor only the great? 
Follow the Master; quietly wait. 

Asking great favors? Seeking for wealth? 
Only the lowly seek not self 
What is important? What is best? 
Jesus is greatest; we are blessed. 

Little jobs beckon; who will care? 
Comfort the feeble; do your share. 
Jesus has promised grace for all 
Whoever is faithful, great or small. 




"...But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind." 
(Rom 12:2b) Paul wrote these words to the Romans. Why? 
Because his concern was for minds molded by the world. He 
knew that only a renewing transformation would change them. 
Conformation would not do it, as we will see. Only a positive 
force from within could overtake worldliness and move us into 
goodness, acceptance, and perfection before God. The only 
way to have a "living sacrifice" is to have an extraordinary 
strength within us, which is what Jesus Christ has given us. 

As the Amplified Bible points out, this transformation is 
"entire" in its renewing the mind; it is all encompassing, 
affecting every area of our life. 

In my secular profession some of the equipment I operate 

provides positive pressure into the airway and lungs, inflating 

them This is what the Holy Spirit does m our minds, providing 

a positive force, inflating our thoughts into the higher, holy 

realm. Only then will we be a truly living sacrifice for Him, 

Let's take a closer look at the word. Transform is 

"Metamorphoo" in the Greek, which is also rendered as 

"transfigure." "Meta" implies change; and "morphe", form. 

This signifies the "obligation to undergo a complete change 

which, under the power of God, will find expression in 

character and conduct; morphe lays stress on the inward 

change, schema lays stress on the outward, (fashion, in I Cor. 

7:31, of the world, signifying that which comprises of manner of 

life, actions, etc., of humanity in general.) Suschematizo, to 

fashion or shape one thing like another, is translated conformed 

in Rom. 12:2 ...has more especial reference to that which is 

transitory, changeable, unstable... could not be used of inward 

transformation.* 1 "...The present continuous tenses indicate a 

process." (WE. Vine's Expository Dictionary, O.T. and NX 

words. Fleming H. Revell Co. 198 L Ppg. 79. 148, 149, 227.) 


The schemes of the world are designed to keep one's 
concentration on "outward expressions^ conformation to 
worldly themes and schemes. They work to keep the mind 
occupied through worldly knowledge, our occupation; they 
seek to pervert it, twist it, confuse it, and debilitate it. 

"...Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and 
this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that 
Jesus is the Son of God?" (I John 5:4,5) "...Greater is He that 
is in you, than he that is in the world." (I John 4:4b) 

What Christ did, was and is a wonderful and beautiful plan. 
It was not to combat worldly schemes by opposite outward 
expressions, which would be hand to hand combat; but He went 
to the vital workings of man, his inward parts, and provided a 
positive force to enable the alteration of man's thinking process 
and thereby changing man's character and conduct. The change 
is visible and yet it's not, because there is nothing tangible. Men 
seek in vain to display an outward expression representative of 
this inward change. It is in vain because they are two totally 
different realms; we cannot represent holy qualities with worldly 
trivialities. This is contrasted nicely in II Cor. 4:18; "We look 
not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not 
seen:' 1 (Why?) "The things which are seen are temporal 
(transitory, changeable, unstable); but the things which are not 
seen are eternal." 

An important point to notice is that our transformation is 
not a one time occurrence, but a day by day process. 
"...Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is 
renewed day by day." (II Cor. 4: 16) 

Just as Nicodemas could not understand how a man could 
be born again when he is old, so the world and its schemes 
cannot understand the Christian. Just as the new birth is a one 
time occurrence, its growth is a continuing process; and just as 


the fetus is nourished and sustained by its mother's body, so we 
are to this world if we are conformed to it. But at birth the 
baby must breathe on its own and eat to survive its new life; and 
so it is with Christians when we are transformed —no longer 
conformed-but transformed by the inhaling of the Spirit 
(pneuma) of Christ and feeding on His Word; thereby the 
process of growth begins and continues as long as we keep His 
positive force within us which keeps us alert and powerful. 

It is clear that this force is the only effective means by which 
we accomplish all things through Christ: "Whereof I was made 
a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto 
me by the EFFECTUAL working of His power. 1 ' (Eph. 3:7) 
We observe professed Christianity trying other means, but we 
see that it only draws one closer to conformity with the world m 
disguise, i.e. "Christian sports 1 ,' "Christian rock music" 
"Christian drama^' etc # 

We know why nothing else works, and that is because we 
are struggling with the "power of darkness" (Col 1:13); but 
"(we) are complete in him, which is the head of ALL 
principality and power." (CoL 2:10) "And (He) hath 
TRANSLATED us into the kingdom of his dear Son." (CoL 
1:13b) We are translated by transformation of His power. 
Translated into newness of life! 

We are complete! "And ye are complete in Him, which is 
the head of ALL principality and power." (CoL 2: 10) "For we 
wrestle NOT against flesh and blood, but against principalities, 
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, 
against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Eph. 6: 12) These 
dark powers are rampant today all around us, but the power 
Christ has left us if far greater. All we have to do is implement 
its forces in our lives. 

It is possible to neglect this empowerment within us, just as 
Paul admonished Timothy, "Neglect not the gift that is in thee, 
which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the 


hands of the presbytery." (I Tim. 4: 14) 

In summary, weVe observed that Christ has left us with 
immeasurable power that can effectively renew, totally change, 
transform us into new beings. As Williams translates, we 
should "Stop living in accordance with the customs of this 
world, but by the new ideals that mold your minds continue to 
transform yourselves. . . " 

WeVe observed that conforming to a man's ideals will not 
accomplish the same end. We must remember the ultimate goal 
here; conformation to Christ. Then and only then will we 
realize true non- conformity to the world. Non-conformity is 
not an ultimate goal, it is not something that has to be worked 
for; it is a simple result of the transforming power conforming 
us to Christ. 

One last observation: His power keeps us from the evil. As 
Jesus prayed to His Father, "I pray not that thou shouldest take 
them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from 
the evil." (John 17:15) In verse 11 He prayed, "...Holy Father, 
keep through thine own name those \\fhom thou hast given me, 
that they may be one, as we are." Williams renders this "...keep 
them by the power which you have given Me..."; so it not only 
keeps us from the evil, it keeps us together! 

So let's continue to nourish the Spirit within us to 
strengthen us, to transform us, to translate us, out of the 
customs of this world and into His Kingdom; "As obedient 
children, not fashioning (conforming) yourselves according to 
the former lusts in your ignorance..." (I Peter 1: 14) 

"But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not 
provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof." (Romans 

—Ron Cable, 
Goshen, Indiana 



"The aged women likewise... that they may teach the young 
women, .to love their children. " (Titus 2:3,4) 

One meaning of respect is a courteous regard for the 
feelings of others. If we are respectful, we will not hastily pass 
on information but first consider the other person's feelings. 
We would treat others kindly, doing unto others as we would 
have them do unto us. If someone passes some information on 
to us, and we find that we are "neither a part of the problem nor 
a solution to the problem" we must "set a seal upon our lips" 
and not pass that information on. 

As I thought on this important virtue, I was made to wonder 
how we pass this on to the next generation. How is this virtue, 
respect, taught? 

There is an old saying something like this, "Your actions 
speak so loud that I can't hear what you are saying." So my 
conclusion was that if we want our children to show respect 
toward other s^ "'w^'"^^''"^^ show respect toward' Others 
ourselves as parents and grandparents. 

I believe we know why those who do not treat their c|iildren 
with love and respect for their physical, emotional, and spiritual 
needs have disrespectful children. This world is fiill of 

We must show respect to our children in their needs if we 
want them to respect us in our needs as we grow older. It 
doesn't take children long to sense where our priorities are in 

How can we do this best? I will mention a few thoughts on 
this, and I'm sure you can think of more ways to teach respect. 

First, do we as adults show respect by honoring our parents 
and grandparents? This is showing them by our example. We 
also teach respect to our children by meeting their physical 


needs. We should make sure they get nutritional food and not 
just what and not just what they want or what is handiest to 
prepare. Adults have more knowledge and experience than 
they, so this decision must be made by you. Take time to 
explain you love them too much to see them develop eating 
habits that will sooner or later be harmful to their physical 
welfare. If you patiently teach this, they will soon realize that 
your reason for denying them some of their wants is really 
because you love them and want to protect them 

What about their clothes? We care that they are dressed 
properly. A child that is clean and tidy as possible, as he gets 
older, learns self respect. I like to compare a baby to an invalid 
parent who can no more care for himself. We would like to be 
kept clean and dry, so may we do the same for our helpless 
babies as soon as we know they need it. 

What about their emotional needs? It is so special to see a 
mother comfort her child when he is hurt and hold him close 
instead of roughly pushing him away with thoughtless words. 

Another need is to train our children to obey. This requires 
consistent discipline. This seems to be one of the hardest areas 
for the parents to manifest the proper attitude and respect for 
their child. If their disobedience causes the parent to feel anger 
and a desire to hurt the child either physically or verbally, I feel 
I am safe in saying this is certainly a poor attitude and will only 
make the matter worse. Unless you have yourself in control, 
your discipline will only do harm You never need to raise your 
voice or repeat the command "No" more than once if they heard 
you plainly. "No" must be followed by action. There is never a 
place to be rough with a child or unconcerned with 

What about sacrificing sleep and social life because of your 
child's present needs (sickness or need of rest)? We should 


make them feel they mean so much to us that we are more than 
willing to make this sacrifice. It will be easier for them to 
sacrifice for you willingly if they experience this willingness 
from you. Think of Jesus and remember, sacrifice is not really 
sacrifice unless we suffer in some way with or for them. If we 
place them in a situation where they will be uncomfortably cold, 
hungry, or tired, just so we can have our wants satisfied, they 
will have a hard time believing and feeling we respect them in 
their needs. 

Another way to teach respect is to allow the child to answer 
a question directed to him personally rather than right away 
answering it for them. We would feel it very disrespectful if 
they would answer for us as adults. It seems so kind and 
thoughtful for adults to go out of their way to shake a chiles 
hand and speak kindly to him. Any adult will gain a child's 
respect if they remember to do this. 

I'm sure all of us want our children and grandchildren to 
believe, love, and live God's written Word. One way we can 
help is by not speaking disrespectfully of the leaders of the 
lands, those in positions of authority, and our brethren and 
sisters in the Lord, or anyone, for that matter. Rather, let us 
show them we respect their God-ordained office by praying for 
them and obeying the laws of the land as far as they don't 
conflict with God's written Word. 

As children approach what we call the teen years, the need 
to show by our actions toward them love and respect for their 
needs is no less important. There are sometimes struggles they 
find it hard to cope with, I, personally, urge you from my heart 
to be willing to go through these times patiently with them, no 
matter what others say or think unkindly. We must not think 
more of our 

image than the souls of our dear children or any young man or 
woman. Each child is different and we must remember the goal 


is to lead them to Christ. They must seek personal conviction 
so that their faith will stand the tests they may face in life. They 
can't be driven; they must be led, and that mainly by our 
example of a personal commitment to Christ in word and deed. 
A brother once asked our son how his father brought him to the 
Lord. His answer was, "He set a good example for me to 
follow." May our example be one that would be safe for our 
children to follow, which would be the very path that Jesus 

We mothers and grandmothers must personally search 
God's written Word and seek His guidance each day through 
prayer to be a proper example as we all so much desire to be. 

—Betty Beery 
Nappanee, Indiana 


Again we, the members of the Eastern Congregation 
rejoiced that souls are still responding to the call of the Master. 
Seth Harper and Adam Byers received Christian Baptism on 
confession of their faith in Christ on February 2, and Michael 
Harris on February 26. May these young men be true to Jesus 
and enjoy the blessings of salvation forever. 

— Melvin Coning 


CONING--FLORA Thaddaeus Coning and Suzanne Flora 
were married February 4, 1995, near Wakamsa, Indiana. 

Their address is: 64865 C.R. 7 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 



There is a little girl among our acquaintance (she was 4 or 5 
years old at the time) that was asked why she was always so 
jolly and happy, "Why,' 1 she said, "it's because I love the 
brethren. " 

What a testimony of God's eternal truth! It is a valid proof 
of loving God. I John 4:20 says, "If a man say, I love God, and 
hateth his brother, he is a liar; for he that loveth not his brother 
whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not 

To "love the brethren" is a Biblical requirement in 
entertaining the hope and assurance of eternal life. I John 3: 14 
says, "We know that we have passed from death unto life, 
because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brethren 
abideth in death." 

It's that all encompassing ingredient in the Christian 
community, and it's the testimony of who we are in this world. 
John 13:35 says, "By this shall all men know that ye are my 
disciples, if ye have love one to another." 

This unique relationship is only found in the body of Christ. 
This is where the conscience can be developed in the truths of 
God, which brings more Mfilhnent than any other knowledge. 
When we "love the brethren," their functions hold priority over 
all other earthly activities. 

To "love the brethren" is the only way we can collectively 
reveal the purity and sanctity of God's image in the world. Only 
in this can we freely and effectively communicate with one 
another. It's the ground where we can reason together and find 
the true answers to life that brings harmony and peace among 
us. It's the only way the Holy Spirit can be present to lead us 
together in His truth. 

We all need to be "loved by the brethren." It gives us a 
feeling of self worth that is so vital to our self esteem, and that 
gives us courage to continue on. —Kenneth Martin 


MARY ELIZABETH MOORE -- daughter of Jiuimie and 
Rebecca (Angle) Boone, was bom at Rocky Mount in Franklin 
County, Virginia, on October 30, 1972. 

Her childhood was spent at the same home that she shared 
with her parents, her brother, and her sisters, with devoted 
grandparents next door. Realizing the need of a Savior, she 
accepted Jesus and was baptized on December 24, 1990, in 
Pigg River district of the Old German Baptist Church. 

Elizabeth graduated from Franklin County High School in 
June, 1991, and the following December she moved to 
Modesto, California. 

On May 1, 1993, at her parents 1 home in Virginia, she was 
united in marriage to Richard Aaron Moore of California by 
Elder Daniel Mohler. 

They returned to California and established their home on 
Stoddard Road near Modesto, where Elizabeth lovingly cared 
for her husband and made their little residence a happy, cheerful 
home. She made many friends in California, especially at her 
working experiences at the English Oaks Convalescent Hospital 
and as a teacher at the Pleasant Home Brethren School. 

On Friday, January 20, 1995, Elizabeth went to be with her 
Lord at the age of 22 years, 2 months, and 20 days. 

She leaves her beloved husband, Richard A. Moore. Their 
little infant son, Tyler Aaron Moore, is beside her in the same 
casket. She also leaves her parents, Jimmie and Rebecca Boone 
of Rocky Mount, Virginia; one brother, Donald W. Boone and 
his wife, Rueshan, of Modesto; three sisters, Deborah and her 
husband, Jacob Brubaker of Callaway, Virginia; Deanna and her 
husband, Keith Peters of Roanoke, Virginia; and Darlene Boone 
of Rocky Mount, Virginia; two grandmothers, Virginia Boone 
of Rocky Mount, Virginia; and Mary Angle of Flora, Indiana; 
six nephews and one niece. She also leaves her father- and 
mother-in-law, Hubert and Dorothy (Shirk) Moore, two 
brothers-in-law, David and Ron Moore; one sister-in-law, 

Deborah Moore, all of Hughson, California; her husband's 
grandparents. Merle and Mildred Garber of Modesto and Dan 
and Lois Mohler of Ripon; many uncles, aunts, cousins, and 

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, E. Glenn 
Boone and Wayne Angle, and Richard's grandfathers, Edward 
Moore and Alex Shirk. 

Elizabeth had an outgoing personality, and she never knew a 
stranger. As well as her strong love for the Lord, she had a 
special love for children, particularly her kindergarten students 
and niece and nephews. Her thoughtfulness touched many lives 
because she always responded to the needs of the less fortunate. 
Many relatives and Mends that circled Richard and Elizabeth 
feel deeply the loss of her passing. There is a void that only 
God can fill. 

God understands our heartaches and our loss. It is times 
like these that help us realize what a great and sovereign Lord 
we have to lean upon. We praise Him for His endearing help. 

Funeral services were held in the Modesto District 
meetinghouse on Wednesday, January 25, at 10:00 a.m., filled 
to capacity both upstairs and downstairs with loved ones in 
attendance. Elder Aaron B. Miller opened with hymn 455, and 
Bro. Gordon C. Rumble had the message with hymn 494 and 
text from Deuteronomy 29:29 and Isaiah 55. Several hymns 
were sung during the viewing and during the filling of the grave 
in the Wood Colony Cemetery, where Bro. Edward Gish 
officiated. Students from the school and members of the family 
lovingly laid flowers upon the grave. 

The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to all who 
have helped support us through this difficult time. We 
especially appreciate the many prayers on our behalf. Our 
prayer is that God will bless each one of you and that His name 
will be glorified. In the midst of our sorrow, we rest assured 
that Elizabeth's suffering is over and that she is waiting to see 
each one of us again in heaven. -The Family 


We all know the story of Daniel and how he was thrown 
into the den of lions. The lions were hungry. Usually when 
someone was put in the lions' den, they would instantly be 
killed. With Daniel it was different The lions acted like 
kittens. God sent an angel and closed their mouths. There was 
no harm done to Daniel. 

Do you know why the angel kept the lions from hurting 
Daniel? Daniel obeyed God. Three times a day he prayed to 
God. King Darius set Daniel over his whole kingdom. Daniel's 
fellow men were jealous. They tried to find fault in his conduct. 
No bad thing could be found with Daniel. Truly he walked 
close to God. Finally the wicked men went to the King, They 
told him that anyone that prayed to God should be thrown into 
the lions' den. The king agreed and signed a paper saying that 
anyone found praying to God would be cast into the lions 1 den. 
Daniel knew what the wicked men had done. This didn't 
change Daniel's habits. As before he prayed three times a day. 
The men went to the King and told him about Daniel Daniel 
was thrown in with the lions. 

Jesus tells us not to be afraid of people who can kill the 
body but can't kill the soul. The one we should fear is He who 
can destroy both body and soul in hell. We all know there is 
only one that can do this. How thankful we should be that 
Jesus can always take care of us. Everett Oyler 

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VOL. 42 APRIL, 1995 No. 4 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." t Peter 2.11 


From the grave with power ascending 
Now behold the Savior rise. 

Heaven's armies are attending 
His ascension to the skies. 

Death no more its head is raising. 

Captive is captivity! 
Hosts of Angels now are praising 

Him who gave us liberty. 

We no longer fear death's portal, 
Jesus entered once, and He 

Offers to us life immortal, 
If we follow faithfully. 

Praise to Him who brought salvation, 

He who rose in victory, 
He who died for every nation, 

May we soon Thy glory see. 

April 14, 1920 
—J. I. Cover 

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Cross; A structure, typically an upright supporting a 
horizontal beam, anciently used in the execution of male- 
factors. Specifically, that on which Jesus Christ was crucified. 
--Webster's Collegiate Dictionary 

"Must Jesus bear the cross alone, and all the world go free?" 
With these words Thomas Shepherd (1665-1739) begins his 
soul-searching song about the cross. The cross has been the 
Christian symbol down through the centuries. But it is more 
than a symbol. It was necessary in the saving mission of Jesus 
Christ, and it must be an ingredient in the life of each of His 

The Roman cross "anciently used in the execution of 
malefactors" was, we are told, a rough wooden beam with a 
erosspiece large enough to fasten a man and hang him until he 
died. It was heavy and long, but it could be carried or dragged; 
Jesus went forth into a place called Golgotha (the place of a 
skull) "bearing his cross." (John 19:17) Matthew, Mark, and 
Luke all record that Simon a Cyrenian was forced to carry it for 
Hhn-perhaps after He had staggered and fallen under the 
weight of it. 

Jesus' cross could have been new, but more likely it had 
been used before and was stained with the blood of criminals 
paying with their lives for their wicked deeds. It is said that 
men have capitalized on this cross and sold splinters of it to be 
placed in churches as relies of greatest holiness. But enough 
splinters were sold to make up many crosses! Such is the sad 
history of mortals in the hands of the adversary of God. 


It seems a paradox that such an instrument of torture could 
become a symbol of the faith of God's people. John Bunyan in 
Pilgrim's Progress puts things in perspective when he wrote of 
Christian's thankfulness for deliverance from his sks. He saw, 
through the efficacy of the atonement of Jesus, his burden of sin 
roll from off his back into the sepulchre of Christ, and he saw it 
no more. In his joy he exclaimed; 

Thus far did I come loaden with my sin, 
Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in, 
Till I came hither: what a place is this! 
Must here be the beginning of my bliss? 
Must here the burden fall from off my back? 
Must here the strings that bound it to me crack? 
Blest cross! blest sepulchre! blest rather be 
The Man that there was put to shame for me! 

And so, though we speak of salvation through the cross, it 
is that way because of the One who hung on it making 
atonement with His blood. We too can sing for joy when we 
read Peter's words: "Who his own self bare our sins in his own 
body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto 
righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." 

In that passage "being dead to sins" is a clue to another 
cross-that one in our lives, Jesus told us (Luke 14:27), "And 
whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot 
be my disciple." This cross we are called to bear is not one of 
wood, but it is no less real. Though it is not one we can see 
with our eyes or have our hands and feet literally nailed to it, it 
still is like the one Jesus carried out of Jerusalem and on which 
He gave Himself for us. Paul made two vital references to this 
cross when he wrote to the Galatians who were turning back to 
the law for 


justification. With a definite plan to instruct them (and us) He 
wrote: "For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might 
live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; 
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live 
in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, 
and gave himself for me." (Gal. 2: 19:20) "But God forbid that I 
should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by 
whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." 
(Gal. 6:14) 

This cross we bear is just as able to torture and kill. The 
death to sin is a slow one, but there is no escape. Jesus could 
not effect our salvation if He had come down from the cross. 
Read Luke 14:25-35 where He tells us we must take up the 
cross. Here He describes a man beginning to build and 
counting the cost. If he hasn't sufficient to finish the building, 
he will be mocked by his friends. The cost here is not the price 
of our salvation which Paul referred to in I Cor. 6:20 and 7:23: 
"Ye are bought with a price..." It is the cost to us in terms of 
denial of self, pride, and earthly possessions or 
accomplishments. Jesus also compares this choice to a king 
preparing for war— wisely making peace when he sees he is out- 
numbered. He finishes with this verse: "So likewise, 
whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he 
cannot be my disciple." 

We must die to the world, and the world must die to us. Or 
would we rather have a literal cross to hang on? Thousands 
have been put to death for the faith of Jesus-many of them on 
crosses like Jesus hung on. 

No cross is pleasant. It means suffering and death. If we 
would "Come down from the cross" and not die to sin we 
cannot claim to be disciples of the One who died for us. "No, 
there's a cross for everyone, and there's a cross for me!" Thank 
God for the cross. — L.C. 



The Easter season is one of my favorite times of the year-if 
not my favorite. It is a time of jubilant celebration and 
exuberance, for who can remain sad to think that the gloom and 
awful dread of crucifixion is past. He is alive\ The early 
Christians greeted one another with the lovely words, "He is 
risen and the other replied "the Lord is risen indeed 11 — a custom 
that is still passed on in many church liturgies at Easter. The 
awesome power of those words is incredible! Much weight 
hangs on them. 

The beloved apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Corinth 
that "And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and 
your faith is also vain... And if Christ be not raised, your faith is 
vain; ye are yet in your sins." (I Cor 15:14,17) Paul 
corresponds this resurrection from sin in Romans 6 to our 
baptism. This is good reading for Easter time. To be servants 
of righteousness, brothers of the living Christ, is such a joyftd 
freedom from the sin which is literal bondage! So many do not 
realize how much sin does wreck us and leave us bound, for 
violence, impurity, greed, and all such sins injure our souls and 
destroy us mentally. They hinder the work of God and its 
result. But Christ lives and now frees us from such that we can 
now break totally with the horrible bondage as we have 
witnessed (Titus 3:5-6), so that something new, something 
quite fresh and different can break in (Eph. 4:20-24) and our 
prayer "Thy kingdom come" comes to life on the earth in the 
here and now, in a living way-the community of Christ. 

So to follow tliis living Christ and to become part of His 
resurrected life must be our passion, our saturating desire, a 
realityl Paul writes of this in I Cor. 1:30: "But of him are ye in 


Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and 
righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." This was 
the power of the early Christians. It was the life of their 
meetings. It permeated their life and preaching. 

When this is reality among us, then can we with joyfiilness 
truly say with hearts of fervent belief trust, and concrete faith 
and absolute certainty "The Lord is risen- THE LORD IS 

—Michael Harris 
Nappanee, Indiana 


Luke 13:24: "Strive to enter in at the straight gate..." Matt. 
7:14: "Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which 
leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." John 10:9: 
Jesus said, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall 
be saved..." Why is this gate so hard to enter, this way so 
narrow that leads us to Eternal life? Isa.40:3: "The voice of 
him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the 
Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." This 
is speaking of John the Baptist. He came to prepare the 
people's hearts for ImmanueL His cry was, "Repent ye: for the 
kingdom of heaven is at hand." Luke 13:3: Jesus said, 
"...Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." Acts 2:38: 
Peter said, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the 
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall 
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Could it be this straight 
gate, this narrow way which leads to life, is repentance? Yes! 
Repentance toward God is the gate we must enter, which leads 
to the door, Jesus Christ, which we must pass through to be 
saved. Herein lies the problem: why is this gate so hard to 
enter, this way so narrow, which leads fallen man 


back to God? For we must face that which we most fear: 
death-death to self; to pride, to sin. True repentance breaks us; 
it hurts; it is hard to change our mind about the way we have 
lived. II Cor. 7:10; "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to 
salvation not to be repented of .." How easy it is to read these 
words and never grasp what they are really saying! For perhaps 
we have entered the sheepfold some other way than through the 
door, and because of pride have justified ourselves. The 
religious wisemen of Jesus 1 day rejected the words of John the 
Baptist to their own destruction. Luke 7:30: "But the 
Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against 
themselves, being not baptized of him. M Matt 23: 13: "But woe 
unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the 
kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in 
yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." 
The Pharisees thought they were righteous, but knew not the 
source of true righteousness. Their pride was their downfall. 
Without a complete surrender in brokenness to the Lord Jesus, 
there can be no entering into life. If there is no death and burial, 
there can be no resurrection. Isaiah 35:8: "And an highway 
shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of 
holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for 
those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein." 
Those who enter the strait gate, which is repentance toward 
God, and pass through the door, Jesus Christ, are on the 
highway of holiness. The unclean shall not pass over this way. 
For "repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus 
Christ," exclude all that defiles. "It shall be for those: the 
wayfaring men," for "they desire a better country, that is an 
heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their 
God." These called out strangers and pilgrims are indeed 
looked upon as fools by the world. The simplest of whom will 
not err therein. 


Isaiah 59:1,2: "Behold the Lord f s hand is not shortened, 
that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, 
and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." 
I Pet. 4:17: "For the time is come that judgment must begin at 
the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end 
be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" There will be 
many in the day of judgment who thought they were saved and 
will hear the words, "I never knew you." Matt. 13:41,42: "The 
Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out 
of his kingdom all things that offend A tnem which do iniquity; 
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire! there shall be wailing 
and gnashing of teeth." How much better it would be to face 
ourselves honestly now, than to hear the dreadful words, "I 
know you not." II Cor. 5:17: "Therefore if any man be in 
Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold 
all things are become new." 

Ps. 118:19-21: "Open to me the gates of righteousness: I 
will go into them, and I will praise the Lord: This gate of the 
Lord, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: 
for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation." "Strive 
to enter in at the straight gate." -Kevin Garber 

Twain Harte, California 

Nothing distinguishes the righteous from the unrighteous 
more than suffering affliction. Under affliction the unrighteous 
man impatiently complains and blasphemes. In contrast, the 
righteous man is proved by his patience. -Cyprian 

Taken from The Pilgrim Road compliled by David Bercot. 
—selected by Rebecca Royer 



RUTH MARGARET BARTON, was born July 6, 1895, to 
Joseph M. and Anna (Mohler) Cover at Covington, Ohio. In 
1897, the Covers moved near Bangor, Michigan, then to 
Modesto, California in 1908. On May 20, 1916, she was united 
in marriage to William W. Barton, and in November of that year 
they moved by team and wagon southwest of Rip on. Here they 
shared joys and sorrows together until March 29, 1956, when 
Daddy left us. Mother spent her remaining days in her little 
home on the farm as a homemaker and doing for others as long 
as health permitted. On February 8, 1995, after a patient 
waiting spanning 99 years, 7 months, and 2 days, she peacefully 
left us for a Mansion in The Golden City, New Jerusalem. She 
was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Joseph and 
James, sister Orpha Barton, Alice Skiles, Esther Wagner, and 
their companions, a brother in law Jake Wagoner, and son-in- 
law Kenneth Keirn. Surviving are her children: Vida Keirn, 
Lloyd and wife Clara Belle, Marjorie Peterson and husband 
Vernon, 9 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great- 
grandchildren, and one sister Ella Wagoner. She was a charter 
member ol the Olive Grove District Old German Baptist 
Brethren Church, faithfully serving her Master for over 80 
years. Funeral services at Olive Grove meeting house were 
conducted by Elders Dan Mohler, Stanley Filbrun, and Mark 
Grover, with Brother Wes Bauman at the Wood Colony 
cemetery. Hymns used were 451, 456, 484, 494, 452. Her life 
time of love and concern for others bore a silent testimony of a 
life that is hid with Christ in God. 

—The Family 


I can see my Savior walking 
On the road to Galilee; 
A staff He carries in His hand, 
But no burden do I see. 

Now I fifrt would walk beside Him, 

But so many cares have I, 

And I am so very busy 

That I often wonder why~ 
I've so little time to serve Him; 
He has done so much for me- 
Came into this world a baby; 
Bled and died on Calvary. 

He says He will share our burdens 

For His burden it is light, 

And He says His yoke is easy 

If we will but walk aright. 
So I'll gather up my burdens; 
I will hurry-walk along; 
It seems such a pleasant pathway, 
And I know that He is strong. 

Now my heaviest load-Impatience- 

That is my besetting sin; 

I must get a larger bundle 

To get all my burdens in. 
This one here is called Indifference; 
Here is Greed and Carelessness; 
Here's a dirty one, called Gossip, 
And this one is Sinfulness. 

Now my burden's growing heavy; 

This big one is Covetousness; 

Here's a gaudy one called Pride, 

And this one is Selfishness. 
Oh; I wonder where He's going, 
For I just heard someone say 
He'd been with Mary and Martha, 
Healed the sick along the way. 

Yes, He healed the lame and crippled, 

And the blind were made to see; 

Cleansed the lepers, raised the dead; 

Would He care for those like me? 


I, too, long to be with Jesus, 

But 'tis growing late, I see, 

So I'll gather up these burdens, 

And perhaps Hell walk with me. 

But I've almost lost the Master; 
Now I see Him, far ahead; 
I've spent too much time in packing, 
And my burden is like lead. 

Oh! My burden is so heavy, 

But He said that His was light; 

See, here in a deep dark canyon, 

I'll just drop mine out of sight. 

But 1 find 1 cannot do that; 
I've spent many weary years 
Gathering up each precious burden 
And wept many bitter tears. 

But this road is straight and narrow, 

And my burden is too wide; 

Now the pathway is so rugged, 

I have slipped-there I left Pride. 
I must do as did my Jesus: 
Help the needy, right the wrong, 
Lift the fallen, cheer the weary, 
Try to sing a cheerful song. 

Yet I know that I may falter, 

But I'll try to watch and pray; 

Try to keep my eyes on Jesus, 

For He ever leads the way. 

Here's a toil-worn, weary father, 
A dear mother by Ms side. 
I must stop awhile to cheer them, 
Clear their faith at eventide. 

Slower grow their faltering footsteps; 

Oh! No evil must betide! 

Can this be "the angel Patience," 

Closely walking by their side? 

Mother said, "The angel Patience, 
Gently whispers, 'Be resigned; 
That she never would forsake me 
When the world has been unkind." 

Jesus calls from out the darkness, 
"Help my children in distress!" 
Opens now the door of suffering; 
Gone is Greed and Selfishness. 

Now my burden's growing lighter; 

Brighter rays begin to shine; 

I can see my Savior's footsteps 

Lighting up this path of mine. 
Thus I learned to walk Life's pathway. 
Dropped my burdens here and there. 
And the blood-stained cross of Jesus, 
As I did so, did appear! 

Yes, He died to save the sinners, 
Weak unworthy though we be; 
Kneel I at His cross now singing, 
"Rock of Ages, cleft--for me." 
So this is the Christian's story; 
Yours must be somewhat the same, 
For we must accept the Savior 
If we would our mansion claim. 

Yes, there'll be some heavy heartaches, 

Traveling down this road of time; 

Face them bravely and pray daily; 

Learn to say, "Thy will, not mine." 
Learn to know He'll never give us 
More than He gives strength to bear, 
And what seems life's greatest trials 
Proves a hidden jewel, rare. 

When at last I overtake Him, 

See, He smiles and takes my hand; 

"Child, I never did forsake thee; 

I was with thee all the time. 
Were this Earth below as Eden, 
And thou hadst no cross to bear, 
Thou wouidst cease to look above thee; 
Thou wouidst cease My love to share" 

There He stilled my aching heartaches 

With His greater words of love; 

Now the Golden Gate before me 

Opens to His home above. 

-Ruth M. Barton 



There are two things that predominately took place in the 
fall of man. One is that man became as God, to know good and 
evil. And secondly, the earth became infested and brought forth 
undesirable vegetation. Man is now held accountable to both. 

Satan knew that if he could get man to disobey God, this 
would happen. The very words Satan used to deceive man are 
what God repeated when it happened. "Now man is become as 
one of us to know good and evil." He also said, "Now, lest he 
put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and 
live forever." Therefore He removed them from Eden, and 
commanded them to till the ground so that they might have 
bread to eat until they returned to the ground from whence they 
were taken. 

Satan knew that in man f s innocence he was unable to enter 
man's heart. But in man's disobedience they lost that 

As soon as God came on the scene, after the fall, man 
proved by his behavior that he had a knowledge he didn't have 
before. He knew what he had done, and to whom he was 
accountable in it. 

A disappointed God, knowing all the suffering and misery 
that were in store for His created likeness, not as a policeman, 
but as a tender, loving heavenly Father, called to Adam, "Where 
art thou?" His reply was, "I was afraid and hid myself" God 
asked the reason, and Adam confessed. 

Eve was also given the opportunity to confess her 
disobedience, but the serpent wasn't given the privilege to 
confess. (He forfeited this when he was cast out of heaven.) 
God's judgment was pronounced upon him— that in time, the 
seed of the woman would overcome him and bring him to his 


In love God spoke to Adam and Eve, clothed them 
properly, and gave them their life's work. 

Surely in Adam and Eve's knowledge— that through their 
seed, Satan would be overcome and destroyed— was their 
consolation and salvation. 

In love God is still calling to man, "Where art thou?" The 
response is varied— either trying to hide, or creating our own 
God — (believing what we think or do is what God is and 
thinks), or sincerely answering the call in a personal way- 
acknowledging the authority of His word, declaring His great 
love toward us in sending to earth His Son, the seed of the 
woman, the Lord Jesus Christ. Answering His call we declare 
that He brought from heaven a saving gospel, confess our sins, 
receive water baptism, walk in the light of His salvation, and 
strive to be a living, active testimony of His body, which is the 
church of the living God. Daily we watch for His return to 
receive us into His eternal habitation. Even so come, Lord 

-Kenneth Martin 


Again we, the members of the Eastern Congregation 
rejoiced that souls are still responding to the call of the Master. 
Rachel Ray received Christian baptism on confession of her 
faith in Christ on March 5, and Serena Foster on March 12, 
May these dear sisters be true to Jesus and enjoy the blessings 
of salvation forever. 

— Melvin Coning 


Mother had told Johnnie, "No. No! Don't touch the hot 
stove!" Johnnie stood in front of the stove and looked at it. He 
had a choice. Should he touch the stove? Or, should he obey 

Johnnie chose to touch the stove! With his whole hand! At 
once he began to scream Mother came running. She grabbed 
Johnnie and ran with him to the sink to run cold water over Ms 
burnt hand. Still, Johnnie screamed and screamed. Mother 
made an ice pack and held Johnnie's hand for 15 minutes. 
Finally, Johnnie's screams changed to sad sobs. Was Johnnie 
happy? NO! Johnnie was not happy at all that day. His burned 
hand hurt dreadfully, and that made him sad all over. He cried 
several times during the night because it hurt. And for a couple 
weeks afterward, he could hardly use his hand, it was so sore. 

Let's think how Johnnie coidd have been happy. If he had 
obeyed Mother and gone away from the stove, he would have 
soon been happy playing with his toys. Perhaps he would have 
been singing and playing merrily all afternoon. He would have 
been able to sleep well all night, and play happily all the next 

Johnnie's one little second of disobedience caused him days 
and days of misery and sadness. Think about this the next time 
you are tempted to disobey! 

And as you get older, the same lesson is true for obeying or 
disobeying God. Those who obey are happy. Those who 
disobey miglit appear to be happy, but down deep they are sad, 
dissatisfied, and discontented. And when they die, they will be 
very miserable in hell. 

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a 
man soweth, that shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:7) 

—Linda Frick 


After several discouraging days, a friend called and asked us 
over for the day and evening. 

While we were gone, the dear brethren of our church came 
and wrapped our 125-year-old farm house in plastic to help us 
stay warm this winter. We did not know they were coming. 

It so happened that it had been one of my worse 
housekeeping days. The house was just a mess! Little did I 
realize that company would see it so! When we got home and 
realized what all had taken place during our day's absence, we 
did some quick straitening up in case folks came over early the 
next morning, as someone was working on the furnace. We 
wanted to be ready the next time we had unexpected company! 

This rather reminds me of our walk with Jesus, We can't 
put off our need to have Him clean our hearts till it is too late. 
We must endeavor to be ready for Him at all times, as were the 
five wise virgins. How horrible if we put off something so vital 
as the need of our soul's salvation, and Jesus comes (as my 
company did today) and finds us unprepared to stand before 
Him (as I was unprepared for company). I had another chance 
to clean my home, but when Jesus comes, our opportunities to 
be right with God will all end. 

That's such a sobering thought! May we all be prepared by 
His Saving Grace to meet our beloved Master when He calls us! 

—Nina B. Byers 
Wakarusa, Indiana 

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VOL. 42 MAY, 1995 No. 5 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2.11 


God in heaven, I thank Thee 

This day on bended knee 
For the wonderful mother 

Thou hast given to me! 

Her heart is kind and gentle... 

Flowing with love and care; 
Her touch is warm and loving, 

Her life, a constant prayer. 

How she so often draws me 

Into her arms to read 
God's Holy Word, the Bible... 

Words that my heart should heed. 

How often, too, I hear her 
Whisper my name in prayer! 

Never a childish problem 
But she is always there! 

God in heaven, I ask Thee, 

Now while I bow to pray- 
In Thy great loving kindness 

Bless my mother today! 

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"What is the most precious word in your vocabulary?" I 
read recently of a group of students being asked this question. 
Most of them wrote "mother" and some of them wrote "home." 
Surely God has used mothers to embody the qualities of love 
that make her dear to her children. 

From an article by J. Harold Smith: "It cannot be denied 
that mothers are the molders of character, either for good or 
bad. Many persons attribute their greatness to a mother's 
wisdom, patience, training, and love." We have quotations 
fiom Presidents John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, James 
Garfield, fiom Dwight L. Moody, Charles Spurgeon, and Daniel 
Webster, all giving credit to their mothers for then 

To us ordinary folks also, our mothers are precious as the 
one who loved us, and valuable as the one who taught and 
guided us. This regard points up the tremendously responsible 
place the mothers of children hold. 

Still Jesus makes it plain that a mother does not automatic- 
ally have this kind of honor. Jesus no doubt had the best of 
mothers and yet when she and His brothers came to see Him, 
He asked, "Who is my mother, or my brother?" He looked on 
those who were listening to Him and answered His own 
question, "Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever 
shall do the will of God, the same is my brother and my sister, 
and mother." Also in Luke 11:27 He taught that to "hear the 
word of God and keep it" was a blessing rather than to be His 

When the man came to ask Jesus what good thing he should 


do to have eternal life, one of the commandments Jesus 
repeated to him was "Honor thy father and thy mother." He 
also showed His concern for His mother when from the cross 
He committed her to the care of John, His beloved disciple. 

Mothers and fathers today share the duty of rearing their 
children in the Lord. Mothers hold the special place of the 
gentle, loving one while fathers are usually more firm and 
authoritative. In practice, both must have both qualities; their 
duties and characteristics overlap. 

We know these things are true and well understood. 
However, we would like to pay tribute to another class of 
mothers— those who are mothers in the true sense, but did not 
physically bear children* Some may have children of their own 
yet care also for others not their own. These may be aunts or 
other relatives or may have no relationship to their children 
other than the love they show. They may have married into a 
family where a mother had been lost. They may nurse children 
only part of the time. But love is poured out where it is needed 
the most. 

I suppose that in nearly every society, honor is given to the 
women who marry and bear children. Those who fail to find 
companions are sometimes left out, and regarded as not quite 
normal. I have heard that for some of these, Mother's Day is a 
tune to feel this most keenly. It is a time to be endured— a time 
when disappointments are remembered. May all our dear 
"singles" be assured that they are appreciated. The service they 
give and the love they show are valued and desperately needed. 

God makes it plain in His Word that the heart relationships 
are the really valuable ones. Normal women can bear children. 
But only a true godly woman can fill the place of a mother. We 
could almost substitute the word mother for Jew in this 
passage: "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither 
is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a 


Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the 
heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of 
men, but of God. 11 (Romans 2:28-29) 

Hannah, the mother of Samuel, is noteworthy as a mother in 
the Bible. Out of a regrettable, competitive home situation 
where her husband's other wife bore children and she could not, 
come some of the best lessons of motherhood. She prayed 
earnestly, desperately for a son. She wept before the Lord H in 
bitterness of soul," and she promised to dedicate the child to 
God if only He would answer her prayer. God heard and gave 
her a son. Faithfully, she kept her promise. Samuel was given 
to the Lord to serve all his life as a prophet to Israel, to anoint 
Israel's first two kings, and to teach and judge God's nation. 

Something of Hannah's devotion must be in our mothers' 
prayers if we are to have a generation of godly children in the 
midst of a corrupt society. Hannah proclaimed her intentions to 
Eh the priest: "Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the 
woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord. For this 
child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I 
asked of FBm: Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as 
long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord." May this prayer 
be that of our fathers and mothers as they bring into the world 
helpless children. May our children, from godly homes, find 
places in God's Kingdom and reflect the light of the Saviour in a 
darkening world. --L.C. 

"I could dismiss half of my patients tomorrow," the head of 
a large mental hospital recently explained, "if they could only be 
assured of forgiveness." Guilt probably sends more people to 
their neighborhood psychiatrist or hospital mental wards than 
any other thing. It robs people of their peace of mind and fills 
their life with regrets. Recently I learned of a man whose 


marriage was falling apart. He was unable to look his wife in 
the face anymore because he'd been unfaithful. Guilt w 7 as 
crushing him down and tearing his marriage apart. Guilt is a 
devastating emotion. It can prompt a person to turn himself in 
to the authorities, knowing he's going to be sent to prison, or 
even drive him to suicide. 

Conscience. The thing which generated guilt of course, is 
conscience. If we had no conscience, we'd feel no guilt (any 
more than animals do). As a speedometer monitors speed and a 
compass monitors direction, conscience monitors behavior. 
From deep within, it sends out messages of approval or 
disapproval. The message it sends out can fluctuate from mild 
to violent, depending on the seriousness of the offense. 

This may come as a surprise to some, but one of the things 
which needs to be clearly understood about the conscience is, it 
is not an infallible guide. Just as surely as an instrument can 
malfunction, so can conscience. It can make one feel guilty 
when he is not. It can also allow one, whose guilt is real, to go 
completely undisturbed. 

Take Sally, for instance; she felt guilty for foiling to send her 
grandmother a birthday card, while Hitler felt no guilt at all for 
what he did to the Jewish people. Conscience is capable of 
generating feelings of guilt where no guilt exists. It is also 
capable of overlooking guilt which is real. If we violate our 
conscience frequently enough, it will cease to function. Paul 
talked about those whose consciences were seared—about those 
whose consciences had become insensitive toward evil. They 
had done wrong so long their consciences no longer functioned. 

Even though conscience is designed to monitor behavior 
and send forth messages of approval or disapproval, it does not 
come to us perfectly programmed. If it did we'd ail feel 
innocent or guilty about the very same thing. We'd instinctively 
know whether a thing is right or wrong. Maybe this is the way 


it was before the Fall; I don't know. It's quite obvious, 
however, that this isn't the way it is today. Conscience, as we 
know it today, can generate feelings of guilt where no guilt 
exists while overlooking guilt that is real. Whether we can 
safely trust it to be our guide, depends on how well it has been 
programmed, or on how closely it is aligned to the Word of 

Some sense of right or wrong is probably innate. For the 
most part, however, our sense of right or wrong is gradually 
formed through the learning process. Through the training we 
receive from our parents, teachers, and friends, we gradually 
begin to draw lines and make distinctions between right and 
wrong. That explains why some things in certain cultures are 
considered right while in other cultures they are considered 
wrong; and why some children from different backgrounds 
often have different values. 

Our perception of right and wrong springs primarily from the 
teaching we receive or the lack of it. This doesn't mean 
everything is relative—that there aren't any absolute standards of 
right and wrong, because there are. God outlines them in His 
Word. He doesn't burn these standards upon our conscience, 
however. He, rather, allows our conscience to be shaped 
through the learning process— through the influence and training 
we receive. 

Soon after birth certain expectations are gradually sensed by 
the child. He experiences disapproval when he cries over 
nothing. He experiences pleasure when he's cheerful and nice. 
He's constantly exposed to frowns and smiles. If he behaves in 
a certain way, he's coddled and loved; if he behaves in another, 
he's scolded. As these messages become internalized; a set of 
do's and don'ts is gradually formed. That's why it's so critical 
for parents to bring their child up in the fear and nurture of the 
Lord—to give him a solid role model to follow and to instruct 


him carefully in that which is good and right. His standard of 
right and wrong is being fixed, and his character is being formed 
day after day by the things he's taught. Is there any wonder, 
therefore, why Scripture urges parents to teach their children 
about God-while they're sitting in their homes, wliile theyre 
walking in the way, while they're lying down and while they're 
rising up? (Duet. 6:6-9) 

Even though conscience is not an infallible guide, it is a very 
important part of life. Without it we'd have no sense of right or 
wrong; we'd be totally insensitive towards the wants and needs 
of others. God designed conscience to bring moral and spiritual 
stability to our lives. It acts as a warning to alert us of wrongful 
behavior and to tell us when corrective action needs to be 
taken. The Holy Spirit uses it to convict us of sin and lead us to 
Christ. As we have already seen, the problem with conscience 
is that it can produce false (as well as true) feelings of guilt. 

True and False Guilt. Some psychiatrists would like us to 
believe that all guilt is false; that it is merely the product of our 
training. That simply isn't true. Much of the guilt we feel is 
very real. God says in His Word that it is wrong to he, that it is 
wrong to steal, that it is wrong to cheat, that is it wrong to 
commit adultery and many such things. The righteousness and 
wrongness of these acts are forever settled. There is no higher 
court of appeal. This doesn't alter the fact, however, that some 
of the guilt which we feel may be false. 

Sally felt guilty because she had forgotten to send her 
grandmother a birthday card. Certainly it would have been 
better if she had remembered to do this. I doubt very seriously 
however, that God is going to hold her responsible for 
forgetting her grandmother's birthday. That wasn't a moral 
failure. It was an amoral oversight. Sally's conscience had 
difficulty making distinction. It made her feel guilty even 
though she wasn't. 


Anyone who works in a children's hospital knows that from 
time to time children are born mentally retarded because a 
defective gene has been passed onto them by one or both of 
their parents. When parents learn that their child is retarded 
because of a defect they passed onto it in the procreation 
process, a sense of guilt usually descends upon them. They feel 
they're responsible for the child's condition. I can tell you one 
thing; God isn't the author of guilt or depression which these 
grief 1 stricken parents feel. He knows they didn't intentionally 
produce a defective child. Moral failure was not involved. 
Their genetic system simply malfunctioned; God isn't going to 
hold them responsible for a consequence they could not have 
anticipated or avoided. The guilt they feel is false. God knows 
this, but their conscience doesn't. 

If allowed to do so, conscience will drive a person insane 
over things for which he isn't responsible. If only I had done 
this; if only I had stayed home or done that, this would not have 
happened! Listen to me careiidly: life is full of risks. We can't 
leave home to attend school, or go to work or the grocery store 
without taking risks. What are we supposed to do? Shut 
ourselves up behind the four walls of our house so we can avoid 
all risks? Life wouldn't be worth living if we were so afraid of 
injury or loss that we wouldn't take any risks-whether in 
automobile, in an airplane, or by simply walking across the 
street, (to be continued) 

—by Ralph Woerner (By permission) 
-selected by James and Betty Beery 

No man is poor who has a godly mother. 

—Abraham Lincoln 



Speak kindly in the morning; it lightens the cares of the day, 
and makes the household and all other affairs move along more 

Speak kindly at night, for it may be that before the dawn 
some loved one may finish his or her span of life, and it will be 
too late to ask forgiveness. 

Speak kindly at all times; it encourages the downcast, 
cheers the sorrowing, and very likely awakens the erring to 
earnest resolves to do better, with strength to keep them. 

Kind words are balm to the soul. They oil up the entire 
machinery of life, and keep it in good running order. 



I Cor 5:6: "Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the 
whole lump?" 

Many individuals are on a cholesterol-free diet for heart 
problems and other physical difficulties. At one time this meant 
that they had to do without many of the foods that they desired. 
Today all the major grocery stores have shelves stacked with 
cholesterol-free items oi all types. It is no longer necessary to 
go without snack foods and pastries if you follow the 
advertisements on many of the packages. However, they fail 

10 T H E PI L GR M- 

to inform you of two very important facts. First of all, 
according to medical research we have read, a food can be 
"cholesterol free" and yet have ingredients that will cause your 
body to produce cholesterol. Secondly, a product can be 
cholesterol-free but contain ingredients that are harmful to your 

In I Corinthians 5, Paul was addressing a problem in the 
Church. He warned them that "a little leaven leaveneth the 
whole lump." In other words, a little bit of sin can destroy a 
whole congregation (or denomination). Yet in this day of 
"cholesterol-free religion" we are told that sin now has a new 
label and God no longer will judge those who choose to ignore 
God f s warnings. 

Much of the worldly amusements and activities once 
condemned by the Church has now been declared to be 
"cholesterol-free." In place of avoiding them, a large portion of 
Christendom now uses the things of the world in their worship 
services. Worldly music given "Christian" words is declared to 
be "cholesterol free." 

Many teach that there is no need to avoid the dangers of 
such things as jewelry and immodest dress. They are assured 
that such things have nothing to do with spiritual health. Just as 
Satan told mother Eve that eating the forbidden fruit would 
bring happiness, not death, so he uses others to deny the 
dangers of "eating spiritual cholesterol" or he labels them 
"cholesterol free." 

Choosing to ignore the warning of the medical profession 
and following the advice of the food industry may cause 
physical death. But even more important, choosing to ignore 
God's will and warning and following the modern worldly 
church could lead to spiritual death. 

—James M. Hite 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 



Today, I thought of all our grandchildren, 

And all of the children, Lord, You have sent 

To the homes to be brought up and nurtured 

In our small Church; on and on the thoughts went. (Col 1:9-11) 

First, I thought to tell all the dear children 
How they should be respectful and more kind; 
To always say "please," "thank-you," "excuse me," 
Be humble, modest, their parents to mind. (Pro. 20: 1 1) 

Next, I thought of their dear Christian parents, 

(For lambs follow the sheep, we Christians say), 

By teaching, correction, and example, 

And diligence in showing them "the way." (Deut. 4: 10, 1 Tim. 4: 12) 

Then I thought of their longing to guide them, 

(They have many times shared us their fears. ) 

And I'm sure that their hearts are so often, 

Bowed down with cares and their eyes filled with tears.(James 

It hurts to use the "rod of correction," 

When they refuse to listen and obey; 

To instruction and councils they're given 

To not stubbornly go their own way. (Pro. 22:15) 

Oh, Lord, they feel they fail so often; 

I remember so well how they felt, 

When they punish in haste and unkindness, 

And in anger the discipline was dealt. (Eph. 6:4) 


Then, too, when they're so tired and so weary 
From the cares, trials and burdens all day, 
The teaching and discipline seems so trying, 
Because they forgot to first stop and pray. (Gal. 6:9) 

Oh, then the sweet voice of the Holy Spirit 

Tenderly, lovingly drawing us nigh, 

Tells us TU never leave nor forsake thee; 

Of help, comfort, and strength HI supply." (Heb. 13:5-6) 

Lord, as they daily ask You to lead them, 

So that the path they more clearly may see; 

Oh, give them a strong faith, my dear Savior, 

That You'll help them good parents to be. (James 1: 5-8) 

We, who also have traveled the same road, 

Longing to guide our dear children aright; 

Help us try to be a strong, bright beacon, 

A guide fi om shipwreck through storm and through 


—Betty Beeiy 

COVER-FLORA Samuel Cover and Lois Flora were married 
March 18, 1995, at Brookside, Ohio. 

Their address is: 19399 Carol Lane 

Tuolumne, CA. 95379 

ADDRESS CHANGE: 202 Railroad St. 

Nina Byers Wakarusa, IN 46573 




Man brought on himself the knowledge of good and evil and 
is now held accountable to its discernment. This is now the rub 
man has with one another and with God. 

We believe deep in the soul of every man is a knowledge 
that some day he will have to give account for the deeds done in 
the body, whether they be good or evil. It is appointed unto 
man once to die, but alter this the judgment. "Marvel not at 
this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the 
graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have 
done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have 
done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." 

The knowledge of good and evil is a natural instinct. The 
discernment of good and evil is a knowledge that is developed 
from training and learning. 

"But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, 
even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to 
discern both good and evil." (Heb. 5:14) It is evident in the 
Scriptures that children are not accountable in the discernment 
of good and evil; they were exempt from the judgment of Israel 
in then wilderness journey. (Deut. 1 :39) 

In Isaiah 7:16, the Lord described a time in a child's life 
when he didn't know to refuse the evil and choose the good. 
This is not to say that children are not called to do good. The 
Scripture requires that of them through the law and the training 
of their parents. This is why we believe parents are accountable 
and will need to answer for their children's behavior. 

Not until then' minds mature and they can understand faith 
and trust in the invisible God are they accountable to discern 
good from evil and be personally responsible to it. If man is 
then judged by the deeds done in the body, how can 


we claim Eph. 2:8,9: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; 
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works 
lest any man should boast"? 

The reason children are not accountable to discern between 
good and evil, we believe, is because of their inability to under- 
stand faith. The just shall live by faith. So it is only through 
faith that we can serve God, and bring honor and glory to Him 
by the deeds done in the body. Faith is the principle thing* any 
good deed done outside of faith, under trial, would not pass the 
test of fire. I Cor 3:13: "Every man's work shall be made 
manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be 
revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what 
sort it is." 

One who does good deeds outside of faith is trying to 
obligate God to man. Good deeds done in and through faith 
brings honor and glory to God, that His kingdom might be 
glorified on earth, that it might become as it is in heaven. 
Deeds done in the body we must 
To prove our God whom we trust. 
It's a seal and approval of the just 
When done through faith and not lust. 

It's our desire to win all men to God 
And show to them the way to the good, 
And prove to them that they could 
Become sons of God if they would. 

My brother and I are called together 
Because God said that this would be better. 
To prove to man that God would rather 
They come to Him than be lost forever. 

—Kenneth Martin 


The apple trees were blooming. What a lovely sight! Each 
blossom was fragrant, fragile, and beautiful. Then one night the 
temperature dropped. The future apple crop could be lost if the 
blossoms freeze. We heard the wind machines start up and 
knew that someone was out in the night caring for their 

The wind machines are located on the hilltops. They have 
huge propellers that stir the air, bringing the warm air down, 
and drivitig the cold air out of the valleys. The machine 
revolves, sweeping a wind across the surrounding trees. Also 
revolving is a bright light much like a lighthouse beacon. So we 
see that the purpose of the wind machine is to save the fruit in 
blossom form. 

Can we make any spiritual applications here? We, as young 
people are in our habit-forming years. It is a beautiful time. 
Satan would like to mar those habits with sin. Sin kills the fruit 
that God wants so much to see in our lives. Just as the trees are 
helpless to protect themselves, so we need God's protection 
too. We know that God is the greatest Caregiver of all time 
and in all times. I Peter 5:7 : "Casting all your care upon him ; 
for he careth for you." We are His if we have named His name. 
He has sent Jesus to save us from sin. Psalm 61:3: "For thou 
hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy." 
Jesus sends His Holy Spirit to warm our hearts, and stir our 
consciences when we need help. It may be a Bible passage, a 
sermon, or advice from others that helps us. John 14:26: "But 
the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will 
send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all 
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." 
We who are in God's care have the light of truth available to us. 
John 17:17b: "Thy word is truth." Psalm 119:105: "Thy Word 
is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." 

-Sarah Cover 


David was a good boy. He liked to help Ms parents. He 
especially liked to help mother plant the garden. Mother had 
told him to always use good seed to plant. One day David and 
his mother were in town. He pointed to a man and started 
laughing. He had such a big nose. This made mother very sad. 

"God made that man and you shouldn't make fun of him," 
said Mother. The rest of the day David played and forgot about 
the funny man. After supper he helped mother with the dishes. 

"David," said Father, "You and Mother need to finish 
planting corn. I forgot to get new seed. We have some old 
seed that is several years old. Just plant it anyway." David 
slowly looked up at Mother. Tears were in his eyes. 

"But Daddy, if we plant bad seed we may not get any corn." 
David was crying now. Mother set David on her lap and dried 
his tears. 

"David," Daddy said, "you are right. If we plant bad seed, 
we will have a bad harvest. When you make fun of anyone, you 
are planting bad seads in your life. The Bible says, 'whatsoever 
we sow, we will also reap. 1 Just like the garden seeds. Jesus 
gave mother and me a dear little boy. It hurts us when we see 
you doing things that will make you unhappy. If you plant bad 
seeds in you life, you will not be happy. Never make fun of 
someone that looks a little different. Remember, that what God 
does, He does very well." 

David ran and hugged Mother and Daddy. "I will never 
make fun of anyone again," David said happily. -Everett Oyler 

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VOL.42 JUNE, 1995 No.6 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2.11 


O Breath of Life, come sweeping through us; 
Revive Thy church with life and power; 
O Breath of Life, come, cleanse renew us, 
And fit Thy Church to meet this hour. 

O Wind of God, come bend us, break us, 
Till humbly we confess our need; 
Then in Thy tenderness remake us; 
Revive, restore— for this we plead. 

O Breath of Love, come breathe within us, 
Renewing thought and will and heart; 
Come, Love of Christ, afresh to win us; 
Revive Thy Church in every part. 

O Heart of Christ, once broken for us, 
Tis there we find our strength and rest; 
Our broken contrite hearts now solace, 
And let Thy waiting Church be blest. 

Revive us, Lord! Is zeal abating 
While harvest fields are vast and white? 
Revive us, Lord—the world is waiting! 
Equip Thy Church to spread the light. 

-Bessie Porter Head, 1850-1936 

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Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover- 
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Available to Christians today is the greatest power ever 
known on earth. This is the very Spirit of the living God, the 
power used to create all that we see, and even to create us, 
body, soul, and spirit. Possibly one of our most profound 
mysteries has to do with the realm of the spiritual It doesn't 
help our understanding too much to read that "spirit" means 
"breath" or "life." Jesus said "God is a Spirit: and they that 
worship Him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (John 

If our minds cannot fathom the meaning of "spirit," surely 
we cannot comprehend how great is the Holy Spirit of God. 
We sing "How Great Thou Art," praising Him for His 
magnificence, but how great is He? Greatness is sometimes 
measured by what can be or has been accomplished. So let us 
consider what has been done in the world by this powerful 
Spirit of God. 

How has the world changed since the Holy Spirit was given 
to God's people? Sometimes it seems as though there has been 
very little change from the ignorance and violence of the Old 
Testament times. But Jesus said the Spirit would be a reprover 
or convincer of the world— of sin and righteousness and 
judgment. Paul said to the people of Athens, "And the times of 
this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men 
every where to repent..." Opportunity as well as responsibility 
has come because the Spirit is in the world. 

But the most visible change has come in the lives of 
individual men and women who are possessed by the Spirit of 
God. We praise Him for His power to change our lives from 
despair to hope, from condemnation to freedom, from the ways 
of death to life. I suppose there have been people who began to 


follow the ways of the Lord and turned back. Paul writes of 
those who have tasted of the heavenly gift or tasted the good 
Word of God and might fall away. But for those who are truly 
God's children, nothing could make them trade for their former 
life. In fact, the choice for God would be made again and again; 
every morning brings new opportunities to thank God for the 
transforming power of the Holy Spirit. 

Paul's testimony to Timothy goes like this: "And I thank 
Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he 
counted me laithiul, putting me into the ministry ; Who was 
before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious... 11 How 
many government agencies can claim to be able to change a 
criminal to a respectable citizen? We had a man in our home 
recently who had been a drug pusher but is now preaching the 
Gospel. Each child of God can tell of the change in his life 
when he gave his life over to the control of the Holy Spirit. 

Paul in II Corinthians 3:17,18 tells more about this change 
and who is the only one able to do it: "Now the Lord is that 
Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But 
we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the 
Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, 
even as by the Spirit of the Lord." We all change as we grow 
and then become older, but the change into the image of Jesus 
Christ is the most important one, a transformation every sincere 
Christian prays and longs for. Praise God that it is possible 
through yielding to the Spirit of God. 

We cannot exaggerate the power of our mighty God. It is 
not only great but versatile. Yesterday I noticed a huge 
Caterpillar loader in the tractor shop. By comparison it 
dwarfed the other machines around it. It had great power but 
could do only the job for which it was made. It could pick up 
mighty loads of material, but it could not pump water or make 
corn grow. 


The power of the Holy Spirit is able in every area. Jesus, 
through the Spirit, calmed the violent storm, healed all kinds of 
diseases, formed the mountains, rivers, and seas and inspired 
men to write His Word. Not only this but He says that we can 
do great things through faith in His power. He tells us we can 
move those mountains that He created. Paul writes, "I can do 
all things through Christ which strengthened me." (Phil. 4:13) 
and yet Jesus warns us "...Without me ye can do nothing." 

This mighty power is also delicate and beautiful. God gives 
the birds their songs and the flowers their colors. Walking 
along the Pacific coast, my wife and I heard the clear notes of a 
bird in a bush close by. Unafraid, a tiny gray bird was praising 
his Creator exactly as he was made to do. Ahead from another 
bush, one of his kind answered in nearly identical notes. 
The Psalmist calls on all to praise our mighty God: 

"Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all 
deeps: Fire and hail; snow, and vapor; stormy wind 
ftdfiUing his word: Mountains, and all hills: fruitful 
trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping 
things, and flying fowl; Kings of the earth, and all 
people: princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young 
men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them 
praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is 
excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven." 
(Psalm 148:7-13) 

As I look out on a lovely spring morning, it seems that the 
world is doing this. God's world praises Him, but the poet says, 
"And only man is vile." Shame on man that in his blindness he 
"bows down to wood and stone." Through God's bestowing of 
the power of the Spirit, all of us can be changed from vile to 
victorious. God gives "beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for 
mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that 
they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the 
Lord, that he might be glorified." -L.C. 



"Please pray for me!" exclaimed the young woman who had 
just approached my register where I am a cashier. This 
certainly startled me as it wasn't something I was expecting. 
She continued: "Pray I can make it through the day and that I 
will get to heaven." 

"Do you know Jesus?" I questioned gently. She seemed 
veiy desperate, and I feared she was thinking of doing 
something drastic to herself. I prayed quickly for guidance. 

"Oh yes, just pray that I will get to heaven and that I will 
make it through this day," the young woman in front of me 

"I know what difficult days are like," I ventured to share 
with her. "When I have struggles I just tell myself: 'There is 
nothing that can happen to me today that the Lord and I can't 
handle together!' Also, I just give it to the Lord. I just say, 
'Lord, I can't do this, but You can; I give this problem to You.' 
I rest in this peace. I know that nothing is too hard for Jesus, 
and He cares for us in all things." 

Then she bowed her head right then and there and audibly 
prayed that Jesus would help her and keep her for Himself 
Then with tears in her eyes she reached across the counter and 
hugged and kissed me saying, "I love you, sister." 

I hugged her back and asked her to come and see me again 
the next time she comes in to the store. She said she would. 

I couldn't help but wonder why this young woman came to 
my register rather than all the others. I believe it is due to my 
separation in dress and a full covering. Surely we do leave a 
witness and testimony just by how we are dressed, and it does 
speak loudly to those who view us, maybe more than we'll ever 


I shared this with a friend that also works as a ca skier where 
I do. Though she claims to be a Christian, she does not see a 
need for any separation of life or dress. But she did reply that 
she thought that young woman came to me because she could 
see what I believed in. 

It is important what we wear as well as what we do as plain 
Christians. May we ever endeavor to live a true testimony for 
Christ that the world can see, not guess about. 

—Nina B. Byers 
Wakarusa, Indiana 


The problem with conscience is that it can't distinguish 
between guilt that is real and guilt that is false. This can only be 
done by the mind. Other examples of false guilt and how to 
deal with them are as follows: 

Jim worked hard to get Jerry a job at the plant where he 
worked at a time when jobs were difficult to find. Then he 
went out of his way three miles every morning to pick up Jerry 
and take him to work (free of charge) so he'd be able to take 
care of his family. 

Three weeks before Jilris vacation arrived he told Jerry he 
should get his car fixed or make arrangements to get to work 
while he was going to be away on vacation. When Jim returned 
he learned Jerry had been fired because he hadn't gotten to 

If you can believe it, Jerry tried to lay the blame on Jim, 
saying it was his fault because he hadn't loaned him one of his 
cars while he was on vacation. You tell me, where does Jim's 
responsibility end and Jerry's begin? Who was really to blame? 
It seems to me the least Jerry could have done was to get his 
car fixed or make arrangements to get himself to work. He was 


a grown man and should have acted more responsibly. Jim 
wasn't to blame for Jerry's losing his job; any guilt which he may 
have felt over this was false... 

Learning to distinguish between guilt that is real and guilt 
that is false isn't easy. It boils down to whether or not "moral 
failure' 1 is involved. To have a life free from guilt (true or false) 
it seems to me that the first tiling we must do is learn to identify 
guilt that is false (from guilt that is real) and reject it outright. 
We need to stop blaming ourselves for things for which we're 
not responsible, such as the divorce of our parents or the abuse 
we received as a child. 

I'm not trying to excuse or minimize guilt that is real. Fm 
simply trying to help you identify guilt that is false so you can 
reject it outright, Over the years the scribes and Pharisees 
developed a thousand little rules to govern their behavior. 
Naturally, they felt everyone should fell in line. They were 
aghast when they saw Christ's disciples eating food without first 
washing their hands. This violated one of their little rules. 
They viewed this a moral failure. Eating food with clean or 
slightly soiled hands is an amoral act. One may be slightly 
better than the other, but morahty is not involved. That is not 
the way the scribes and Pharisees saw it, however. 

These same people condemned Christ for healing on the 
Sabbath. In their judgment this constitutes work which was not 
allowed on the holy day. Everyone who didn't conform to their 
thousand and one man-made rules was guilty in their sight. 
These self-righteous hypocrites, who condemned Christ for 
healing on the Sabbath, had no scruples about taking advantage 
of widows who were poor and needy. Christ didn't buy their 
criticism. He rejected it outright. He charged them with 
straining at gnats and swallowing camels— of trying to pull a 
mote out of their brother's eye while a beam was in their own. 
It just goes to show how perverted one's sense of right and 
wrong can become. 


If we're going to live wholesome lives, first we must reject 
guilt that is false. Second, we must find forgiveness for guilt 
that is real. Once this is done, there won't be anything left to 
feel guilty about. 

Make no mistake about it, if we he, cheat, steal, commit 
adultery, or do anything which God condemns, we are guilty 
before Him, and the only remedy for this is forgiveness. 

I suppose at this point three questions need to be answered: 
Is God able to forgive the wrongs we have done? Is He willing 
to forgive the wrongs we have done? And under what 
conditions is He willing to do so? 

Question one: Is God able to forgive our sin? Certainly, 
He is! If He weren't He wouldn't be God, 

Question two: Is God willing to forgive our sin? There's 
no doubt about it, God has a forgiving heart. He's more willing 
to forgive than most of us realize. Why do I say that? Because 
in the Scriptures He is constantly inviting people to come to 
Him for forgiveness. He told the children of Israel if they 
would put away the evil of their doing and return unto Him, 
even though then sins were as red as scarlet, He would make 
them as white as snow; even though they were as red as 
crimson, He would make them as wool. "Let the wicked 
forsake his way", He said, "and the unrighteous man his 
thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have 
mercy on him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." 
(Isaiah 55:7) 

God loves us so much that He sent His Son to die in our 
place so that He would be able to forgive the wrongs we have 
done without doing injury to His holiness. There's no 
reluctance on His part to forgive the wrongs we have done, 
when we come to Him in repentance and faith. 

Question three: Under what conditions is God willing to 
forgive? God doesn't extend forgiveness to those who merely 
acknowledge they have sinned. Anyone can do that without 


remorse or intention to change. There's something we must do 
before God is willing to forgive. We must renounce the wrongs 
we have done and resolve to do them no more. 

"Put away the evil of your doing", God says, "then your sins 
which are as scarlet shall be made white as snow." The person 
who prays, "Lord forgive the wrongs which I have done, but 
please don't expect me to stop," may as well not pray at all. 
God's willingness to forgive is tied to our willingness to turn 
from our evil ways. 

There's no need going through life under a load of guilt, 
because God is ready and willing to forgive the wrongs we have 
done. How can we be so sure of this? Because he says so in 
His Word, and God doesn't he! 

He says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to 
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all 
unrigthteousness...If we walk in the light as He is in the 
light... the blood of Jesus Christ his Son (continually) cleanseth 
us from all sin." (I John 1:9 and 7) God offers you healing and 
wholeness when it comes to this matter of guilt. It's up to you 
whether you will accept it or not. 

If our conscience can't be completely trusted as a moral 
guide, if it can generate feelings of guilt where no guilt exists 
while overlooking guilt that is real, how can we know when we 
should listen to our conscience and when we should not? I 
don't have all the answers, but here's my advice: 

First, bring the behavior in question to the test of your 
intellect for evaluation and confirmation. Carefully weigh the 
behavior to determine whether any moral failure on your part 
was (or is) involved. Ask yourself as honestly as possible if you 
think God will hold you responsible for what youVe done or for 
what you are doing. 

Second, bring the behavior to the measure of God's Word. 
What do the Scriptures say about it? The ultimate standard for 
evaluating innocence or guilt is the Scriptures. The standards 


that are outlined there are eternal; they are not open to revision 
or negotiation. 

Third, if God's Word is silent on the matter, what underlying 
principle does it apply which may shed light on the matter? 
God is just as concerned with the intentions and motives of our 
hearts as He is with our behavior. Therefore, we need to 
analyze as honestly as possible what our intentions or motives 

If we'll test our guilt feelings by our intellect, by the Word 
of God and the principles it advocates, I don't think we'll stray 
too far in our understanding of what is proper and right. 

After all this, if you still don't know whether you're guilt is 
real or false, tell God you're not sure whether you're responsible 
for what happened, but if you are, you want His forgiveness. 
Don't you think He'll be glad to wipe your slate clean? 
Certainly He will. "Though your sins be as scarlet," He 
promises, "they shall be as white as snow." What more can He 
promise than that? 

Listen to me, you don't have to go through Ufe weighed 
down with a load of guilt, with a sense of shame or low self- 
worth. God created you in His image and likeness. He loved 
you enough to send Christ to die in your place. I tell you, Jesus 
Christ is ready to forgive every wrong you've ever done, to put 
your past completely away, and to give you a brand new start. 
Why don't you allow Him to do this by receiving Him into your 
heart and life today? -By Ralph Woenier (By permission) 

Selected by James and Betty Beery 

MARTIN -- A daughter, Cherith Larose, bom May 20, to 
Jonathan and Lisa Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 

ROYER — A daughter, Damaris Arlene, born May 26, to Tom 
and Rebecca Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 



As others err, we tend to think 
That justice should take place. 
We fail to grasp the vital link, 
Between the law and grace. 

That God desires repentance true, 
The sinner He'd restore. 
Mercy He'd have, and we should too, 
On those that Christ died for. 

We fail to see our sin&l way; 
That we are sinners too. 
We err from Him; fall short each day; 
Our selfish ways pursue. 

Oh help us, Lord! that we may see 
That we need mercy too! 
And help u%Lord; make it our plea; 
The sinner, You'd save too. 

If we can grasp this vital link, 
And see God f s plan; His way; 
We'll not condemn, but we will think 
And pray for them, and say: 

Not justice. Lord, but mercy please, 
Would be my plea to You. 
I know my flesh wants sin and ease, 
Though I Thy will would do. 


Each day I fell in serving You, 
And need Your constant grace. 
Oh help me,Lord! that things I do 
To others, show this grace! 

In daily deeds, may mercy rule, 
In thoughts and intents true. 
Oh use me^Lord! as Your own tool, 
And keep me holy too! 

When mercy rules, we will lift up, 
And not be hard and cold. 
Oh help me yield, not drink the cup 
Of helping one grown cold! 

Let mercy rule along my way; 
No condemnation show; 
For Til need mercy in that day, 
When I to judgment go! 

-James Beery 
Nappanee, Indiana 


The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will be 
held, the Lord willing, on June 2, 3, and 4 at the Salida, 
California meeting house. Friday will be council day; on 
Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost), there will be public 
preaching; and on Saturday evening, the Communion service. 
A hearty invitation and welcome is extended to all our members 
and friends to attend. 

—Joseph L. Cover 



The events that are taking place in the world today, the 
Scriptures reveal, will take place just prior to the return of the 
Son of Man. Man's willful ignorance in rejecting God (thus not 
being able to discern good from evil) makes him helpless in 
changing man's course. Man, in his own wisdom, is only 
accelerating the doom and destruction that will soon be upon 

Man in his independence and selfishness can never discern 
good from evil, because this involves our fellowmen in respect 
and honor, and this is not compatible in the kingdom of men. 
Man's self esteem and political forces are losing the battle 
against evil, and are only fitting each other for God's judgement 
and wrath. 

In the midst of gross darkness and soon-coming end to man 
on earth, there is a light shining which is the community of 
believers— the chuch of the living God, that God put there for a 
witness against the powers of darkness. The dark powers of the 
world cannot overcome it. 

The community of believers, unlike the community of the 
world, has a minimal physical structure. Those called to 
oversee the welfare of its subjects are not in this position in self- 
esteem or through political power, but are called by its subjects 
in honor and trust in the Holy Spirit. 

They are called to teach and exhort, to lead out in worship 
and community functions, not to usurp authority or lord it over 
others. When they need discernment of good and evil, it is done 
in a collective assembly, with the promise of the Spirit, in 
fervent love of one another and the true desire to be in God's 
will. The issues are presented— not in political ferver or desire 
to lord it over one another—but the truth is sought with pure 
and honest hearts in sweet counsel Discernment is made of 
good, and evil is revealed with clarity and power. 


This discernment isn't a law over u^but it becomes strength 
and power within us. Only when it becomes this within us has 
the discernment any eternal value for us. Only under the 
canopy of the true collective body of Christ can true 
discernment be made. 

This is where the keys of the kingdom of God are assured 
and promised. 

—Kenneth Martin 


Often it is an inspiration of nature that prompts a lesson in 
life. And so it is with the lesson drawn here. 

This spring while picking up rocks in a stony area, I 
happened to come upon a tiny green plant. It was not just an 
ordinary plant—not a weed. For in the middle of the tender 
foliage upon a slender stem was a fresh purple violet! Yes, here 
in the middle of a large field, amidst rocks and unwanted weeds, 
a tiny little plant raised its humble, devoted face toward the sun, 
its source of life. 

In this tender blossom radiated color which only sun and 
rain can give; therefore, the beauty of that lush flower depended 
on another source besides its own for life. 

This lone foliature seemed to draw a lesson. How do we, as 
God's plants, stand in the measure of beauty under the world's 
gaze? Are we a weed that no one notices or perhaps, some may 
look at in disgust? Or do we, like the exuberant violet, lift up 
our faces to God and radiate His love and beauty to those 
around us? 

We are instructed in the Scriptures to be so full of God's 
unconditional and tender love that we are running over! So full 
that we radiate and give testimony of Jesus, our Holy Father, in 
us! So full that the world knows immediately that we do not 


belong on earth, but are God's children! It strikes me as a 
heavenly mystery, the Scripture that says: "Fulfill ye my joy, 
that ye by like-minded, having the same [Christ's] love, being of 
one accord, of one mind." (Phil. 2:2) It is a constant challenge 
for the Christian to love as Christ loved. And yet— how simple 
if we have the Divine love in us to shed abroad as a witness to 
the dark, unhappy world! 

Certainly, we know the world observes us; therefore, if we 
profess Christianity, it is very important to "Do all things 
without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless 
and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a 
crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in 
the world." (Phil. 2:15) 

—Maria Huffman 
Dayton, Ohio 


May I remember lessons learned, 
And profit from the past; 
May I remember simple things 
That take no wealth, but last. 

Dear Lord give me a grateful heart; 
Help me be satisfied. 
But if the sun won't shine today, 
I'll still be well supplied. 

Dear Lord, give me a prayer each day; 
I need thy guidance from above; 
One thing above all else I pray: 
Give me a heart, that I may love. 
— Sister E. M. Altus 


I have a friend. He is very special to me. He can do 
anything. His name is Jesus. Once a little girl died. Her father 
and mother went to Jesus and told Him about it. Jesus went to 
their house. He took the girl by her hand and spoke to her, and 
she rose from the dead. 

Another time a little boy was dying. His father asked Jesus 
to speak the word and his son would be healed. When the 
father got home, his son was well again. We all want to be 
friends with Jesus. He tells us we must be different than the 
world around us. 

Lately I have been driving through a town that really 
amazes me. The cars are all going more slowly. Even the 
policemen are driving slowly. In most towns everyone goes 
faster than the speed Emit. The police will stop and give you a 
ticket if you disobey the signs in this town. Everyone knows 
this, so they obey the law. 

We have a law, and Jesus is our faithful "policeman." Your 
parents tell you haw to live so you don't get any tickets. I am 
sure the parents of the girl that died obeyed God. I believe all 
you children will obey Jesus. 

The cars in the town all go slowly because they know they 
have to. As God f s children, we obey the signs along life's road 
because we want to. If we only do good for fear of the 
punishment, Jesus will not bless our lives. We must want to 
live for Jesus. —Everett Oyler 

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VOL.42 JULY, 1995 No. 7 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:ti 


•'Wilt' thou follow Me?" 

The Saviour asked. 
The road ahead looked bright and fair; 
And filled with youthful hope and zeal 

I answered, " Anywhere." 

"Wilt thou follow Me?" 

Again He asked. 
The road looked dim ahead; 
But I gave one glance at His glowing fece; 

"To the end, dear Lord," I said. 

"Wilt thou follow Me?" 

I almost blanched, 
For the road was rough and new. 
But I felt the grip of His steady hand 

And it thrilled me through and through. 

"Still foliowest thou?" 

Twas a tender tone, 
And it thrilled my inmost heart. 
I answered not, but He drew me close, 

And I knew we would never part. 

—selected from Poems for Memorization 

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A ladder is a useful tool. You can climb on a ladder. You 
may see something up high like a light globe that needs 
changing, but without a ladder you cannot reach it. A ladder is 
often vital in an emergency. Firemen use ladders to rescue 
people from burning buildings. Farmers use ladders to prune 
trees and pick fruit. Truly a ladder is a usefiil tool 

Jacob dreamed and saw a ladder "set up on the earth, and 
the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God 
ascending and descending upon it." That ladder must have been 
marvelous to see. Its top soared up till it faded into the 
distance. Perhaps you have pondered the significance of this 

Jacob was actually fleeing from the revenge of his twin 
brother Esau. His mother had arranged a trick of deception so 
that his father Isaac, old and blind, would bless Jacob with the 
special blessing of the firstborn, when Esau was really bom first. 
Jacob carried out the deception and received the blessing of 
Isaac. Jacob lied to his father, but remember, Esau had 
carelessly sold his birthright to Jacob, and Isaac was ignoring 
this. The New Testament in Hebrews 12:16 tells us that Esau 
was a profane man, and Genesis 25:34 says he despised his 
birthright. Jacob obviously treasured it. 

The vision of the ladder included a promise to Jacob. 
Continuing the account in Genesis 28:13-15: "And, behold, the 
Lord stood above it (the ladder), and said, I am the Lord God 
of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon 
thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed 
shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to 
the west , and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: 


and iii thee and in thy seed shall all families of the earth be 
blessed. And behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all 
places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this 
land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I 
have spoken to thee of" Jacob awoke, impressed and afraid, 
and named the spot Bethel which means "The House of God." 
He explained, "How dreadful is this place! this is none other 
but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven." Jacob 
made a vow of faithfulness and service to God at Bethel. 

The ladder in Jacob's vision showed the connection of earth 
and heaven. The angels on this ladder assured him of communi- 
cation and help from God. Notice that Jacob did not deserve 
this special favor of God. But neither did Esau. And neither do 
we deserve God's grace. But He gives us assurance of His love 
and mercy in Jesus Christ. 

The ladder must represent Jesus Christ the Word. He is our 
connection and communication with the Father. By a similar 
picture Jesus told Nathanael (John 1:51) "Verily, verily, I say 
unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of 
God ascending and descending upon the Son of man." Only in 
Jesus is this communication or link with God possible. It was 
broken in Eden; it was restored at Calvary. 

Jesus is the ladder to us in our life experiences. We reach 
no heights without Him. To climb, spiritually speaking, is to 
draw nearer to God. As we climb we get a better and better 
view of things below. Rising above the smog and pollution of 
the world we see Heaven clearly. We even see the world in 
better perspective when we are not a part of it. We understand 
our need of the Saviour and see all men lost without Him Only 
in Christ is this perspective possible. Only in Him do we reach 
higher ground. 

In Jesus we see a ladder of rescue. The world is a burning 
building. Our only hope is to escape. John Wesley, at the age 
of six, was rescued from his family's burning home. So 


impressive was this to him that he called himself "a brand 
plucked from the burning." So are we all! Jesus is our rescuer, 
and without Him we burn. May we see the souls around us as 
those doomed to destruction with Jesus Christ as their only 
hope. As firemen rush in with their ladders, may we bring hope 
and rescue through Jesus Christ, crucified and risen again— 
atonement for the sins of the world. 

Without a ladder, the trees cannot be pruned nor the fruit 
picked. Can we see Jesus in this comparison, too? Only in Him 
and by Him do we receive the correction and direction we need. 
As a master orchardist prunes and shapes his trees, so Jesus 
molds the lives of those yielded to Him, And when it comes to 
fruit, only in Christ can the best fruit be picked. Perhaps in this 
comparison, the ladder is not our Lord, but the methods and 
tools He uses in the harvesting and pruning. 

When we use a ladder, let it remind us of our Saviour as a 
means of climbing higher, as the link with the Father, and as the 
one who rescues us from hell and sets us on the path to heaven. 



When Dr. Joseph Parker was quite a young lad he was 
accustomed to hold arguments with infidels outside the great 
iron works on Tyneside. One day an infidel challenged him 
upon this great passage, and said, "What did God do for 
Stephen? 1 ' insinuating that if there had been a God, He would 
have interposed to rescue him from the hands of his foes. Dr. 
Parker always said he believed that it was given to him in the 
same hour what he should say, and he answered, "What did 
God do for him? He gave him the power to pray for the 
forgiveness of those who stoned hiia" It was a great answer. 




In our society today it is common to see churches advertise 
"nontraditional" services. In many people's thinking tradition is 
just about equivalent with spiritual death. 

There are indeed traditions of men like that of the scribes 
and Pharisees. These are constantly warned against in the 
gospels and epistles (see Col. 2). These kinds of traditions are 
indeed prevalent in many people's thought patterns and way of 

But however strongly Jesus condemned these traditions that 
were so unmerciful and judgmental of others, there was and is a 
tradition of Jesus and His apostles. Our beloved brother Paul 
wrote of this in his second letter to the Thessalonian 
congregation: "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the 
traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our 
epistle 1 ' (2:15). To stand fast and hold them requires 
determination, commitment, and a certain rigidity in the spirit of 
I Cor. 13. Let's examine this a little further. 

The apostle Luke records the apostles' doings in the Acts of 
the Apostles. In it he records that "they (the believers) 
continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, 
and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." Let us consider these 
four things that were "continued" in by the disciple fellowship. 

The Apostle's doctrine. At the heart of this is the all- 
encompassing reality that Jesus livesl Baptism now has a new 
meaning which has transposed to joyful realness for all who 
have believed and been baptized. The promised Holy Spirit has 
been given, and the Church is alive in new life and joyfuhiess 
and glad celebration! This is the driving force behind the early 

Fellowship. The middle wall of partition is now broken 
between peoples as they come into the unity of the Community 
of Christ. The risen Christ has reconciled man to God in 


remission of sins through baptism and also man to man in 
forgiveness and healing. The disciples, determined to follow 
Jesus, realized we cannot love God whom we cannot see if we 
do not love our brother whom we can see. Perhaps the German 
word "Genieinschaft" has a richer depth of meaning than what 
"fellowship'* means here. This is a common life, a sharing life-- 
of everything (spiritual and material). No one is for his own. 
The following verses in this text bring this out in a tangible 
form. Love is the distinguishing mark in the Disciple 
community. Sharing in whatever way is love in action. The 
apostles 1 doctrine is their driving force, the power of their faith. 
The "Fellowship" is the drawing, tangible force that challenges 
others to see its reality and accept it for themselves also. 

The breaking of bread To the believer who has been 
united with Christ in His Body, the life of love is totally 
integrated with all our actions. Even daily routines have taken 
on new and sacred meanings. Hospitality, even to strangers 
(for they may be angels) is strongly enjoined upon the gathered 
ones, and the epistles are constantly filled with admonitions to 
this effect. Sharing a meal in one another's homes now has a 
very special significance of unity, joy, and sharing our life and 

Prayers. This may be the common prayers of the faithfiil, 
and individual prayers offered "in the closet." Perhaps the 
common prayers in the gathered assembly are too often looked 
over lightly. If so, this is a rather unfortunate way of seeing 
them. We pray for our government, so we can live the truth in 
peace and contentment. We beseech the Holy Spirit's presence 
in our brotherhood We ask for forgiveness of sins collectively- 
-thereby not only being cleansed of personal and collective sins, 
but also forgiving, through this, one another. We ask for our 
own and our brother's! Notice our prayers are commmial-we 
say "we ask", "our Father", and "give us". We have all 
received this teaching at baptism in Matt. 18. What is bound or 


loosed on earth, the same is in heaven. Perhaps we need to gam 
a new appreciation of collective prayer, a very special tradition 
of the apostles (see I Tim. 2). 

These traditions are related to forgiveness of sins. The 
apostle John writes, "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the 
light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of 
Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." 

Other traditions are also mentioned in the apostles 1 writings. 
One example is the head covering of women. Paid writes, 
"Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things 
and keep the ordinances (margin: traditions), as I delivered 
them to you." (I Cor 11:2). In verse 16, he says it is custom in 
the Church of God everywhere. He comments many times in 
his writings that he teaches the same in every place—and exhorts 
to reject those who teach differently. These things are 
traditions of Christ's Church in the true sense of the word. 
These traditions of Christ and His apostles are to be emulated 
and copied! Paul writes in Galatians that whoever brings a 
different gospel is accursed. 

Tliis should be a warning to those false spirits, who in their 
own "tradition" of being "nontraditional" have forsaken the true 
godly traditions and made up then own, which indeed many 
boast of being "spiritual," thinking others who don't emulate 
then practices are "un spiritual" and "dead." In contrast to a 
world falling apart, and escalating instability, we as true 
believers have a 2,000 year old tradition to draw strength on. 

Eberhard Arnold once said, "Love without truth is a Me, but 
truth without love is murder." A good tradition builds 
brotherhood. It follows Paul's writings in I Cor. 13 in a fresh, 
living way. It avoids false traditions of men (of whatsoever sort 
they are) and their avoidance of God's commandments and 
brotherly love. 

May we "earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to 
the saints" (the traditions of the apostles) and watch (I Tim. 4) 


and "stand fast in one mind, earnestly contending for the faith of 
the gospel/ contained in the teachings and writings of Christ 
and the apostles. 

My hope for our beloved community of faith is: "That we 
from our hearts love one another, and of one mind, in peace, 
remain together. M —Michael Harris 

Nappanee, Indiana 


"That the aged women... may teach the young women... to love 
their husbands... to be obedient to their own husbands, that the 
word of God be not blasphemed." Titus 2:3-5 

"If any man do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, 
whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." (John 
7:17) The Scriptures tell us wives to love and obey our 
husbands and the why and how to perform this command. 

In Genesis 2:18 we read, "And the Lord God said, it is not 
good that the man should be alone; I will make an help meet for 

This chapter goes on to explain how God created all the 
beasts of the field and the birds of the air and brought them to 
Adam to name them. It seemed all had their needs met except 
Adam God saw Adam had a need for a helper so He caused a 
deep sleep to fell upon Adam, and from Adam's body God took 
a rib and made a woman. Only she, of all the creatures of the 
earth, met the needs of Adam's body, his heart and mind. She 
was created perfectly suited for him. God must have wanted 
Adam and Eve to understand they were actually physically one 
flesh in the deepest and holiest sense of the word. And that 
miracle of oneness is created again even today when a man and 
a woman stand before God, take one another, forsaking all 
others, and become one flesh. 


All of us know the story of the temptation in the beautiful 
Garden of Eden when Eve believed Satan's he and ate of the 
forbidden fruit and gave it to her husband, thereby bringing the 
curse of death. Because of that disobedience, God said, "Thy 
desire shall be to thy husband and he shall rule over thee." 
(Genesis 3:16) 

Why did God give this command? One reason, perhaps, is 
because God f s creation requires order. 

I Timothy 2:11-13 reads, "Let the woman learn in silence 
with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to... usurp 
authority over the man, but to be in silence. For (because) 
Adam was first formed, then Eve." I Corinthians 11:3, gives 
the chain of command: "But I would have you know, that the 
head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the 
man; and the head of Christ is God." 

Christ is subject to the Father. We read of this in John 5:30, 
"...I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which 
hath sent me." "And when all things shall be subdued unto 
Him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that 
put all tilings under him, that God may be all in all." (I 
Corinthians 15:28) 

It is no shame, no dishonor, for a woman to be under 
authority if our Lord Jesus submitted to the Father's authority. 

Our very nature, as women, requires obedience. Remember 
Eve was deceived, not Adam. Women have been given, by 
God, the wonderful gift of intuitive tliinking. It needs the 
balance of sound reasoning. This many times protects her from 
false doctrine and wrong decisions. Personally, I am thankful 
my husband has often protected me hi this way. Read II 
Timothy 3:6-7 to see what can happen without this protection. 

In the Scriptures (see Matthew 19:12 and Isaiah 56:3-5) we 
find that it is not for all women to get married; yet, she still can 
have protection and fulfillment as she submits to her authority 
as the Word teaches. 


Some have unbelieving husbands. They, too, are 
commanded to submit to their husbands in their position of 
authority unless doing so would cause the wife to disobey a 
direct command in the Bible from God, the highest authority. 
Read I Peter 3:1 and I Corinthians 7:13-17. This must always 
be done in meekness. 

In Ephesians 5:23-24,33 we read that a wife submitting to 
her husband pictures the wonderful relationship between Christ 
and the church (His bride): H Therefore as the church is subject to 
Christ, so let the wives be to then* own husbands in 
everything,.. and the wife see that she reverence (love, cherish, 
respect, etc.) her husband." A wife is to obey her husband 
because she pictures the obedient bride of Christ entering into 
the unspeakable joy of union with her Lord. What an honor to 
be in subjection unto our husbands! 

"...He (or she) that feareth him (God), and worketh 
righteousness, is accepted with him." (Acts 10:35) God hears 
the prayers of a Godly woman as quickly as He hears the 
prayers of a Godly man, I Corinthians 1 1:7-12 tells of equality 
before God. Each has a unique responsibility the other cannot 

Man was created as the achiever, leader, provider, and 
protector, carrier of the seed of life, and even has the great 
responsibility to guide, nurture, and direct the children bom into 
the home. 

Woman was created to be a keeper of the home (Titus 2:5) 
and to make the home a restful place for the family—a home 
filled with love. She was made to bear children. All of her 
natural instincts call her to see to her family's needs. She, if you 
remember how it reads, was first of all created for her husband. 
If she turns all of her attention and efforts towards her children 
and neglects to be what she should be for her husband, she 
should reconsider her priorities. Her natural instincts cause her 
to see that her family is supplied with neccessary food and 


clothing, she hears the crying infant in the middle of the night, 
soothes the hurting child tenderly, yearns to help the struggling 
teenager, etc. Her motherly love reaches out in prayer for the 
grandchildren and the oncoming generation-never ending, 
(to be continued) -Betty Beery 

Nappanee, Indiana 


The Bible deals with the root causes of child abuse: 
depraved parents being "without natural affection' 1 (Romans 
1:31), men not providing for their own (I Timothy 5:8), as well 
as offending one of these little ones (Luke 17:2), and provoking 
them to anger (Ephesians 6:4). 

We shudder to think of a mother drowning her own 
ofispring, throwing a newborn out a bathroom window, locking 
small children in a closet or leaving them home alone for days. 
We shudder again as we think of parents choosing abortion- 
depriving the unborn of their life while they are completely 
helpless. God will choose severe judgments against all forms of 
child abuse, unless such abusers repent. 

But we will not ignore even worse forms of child abuse that 
go virtually unchallenged in our society: 

Raising children without thorough moral and spiritual 
upbringing. When Jesus spoke of offending a little one (Luke 
17:2), He meant causing one to sin. Parents do this both by 
omission and commission. They fail to be good moral and 
spiritual teachers and examples. They set violence and 
immorality before their children in TV and movies. This 
offends them. It causes them to sin. Jesus said it would be 
better for a millstone to be hanged about such parents' necks 
and for them (not their children) to be drowned. 

To fail to spank, out of pure love and concern, for rebellion 
and other sins. America had better soon learn that it is "he that 


spareth the rod [that] hateth his son* 1 (Proverbs 13:24), not the 
one that uses it as Biblically prescribed. "The rod" in the 
Scriptures stands for authority and a proper spanking. There 
are two forms of child abuse that get mistaken for "the rod." 

1. Spanking that is not thorough. Some spank just enough 
to annoy the child like a pesky mosquito might annoy us. The 
Bible has a term for this: provoking a child to wrath (Ephesians 
6:4). It makes him mad rather than making him repent. The 
Bible teaches a thorough spanking. 

2. The grosser misunderstanding of spanking is when, 
inhibited by modern anti-spanking sentiment, a parent fails to 
discipline the child that badly needs it in a loving, controlled 
way and finally gets so frustrated that he strikes out in 
uncontrolled anger. The blows land where they may, with 
whatever force the parent feels. Death or serious injury at times 

Real parental love will spank in childhood, instruct in 
adolescence, and restrict in youth. Young people thrive in the 
secure environment of being taught Bible principles and then 
told and held to their limits. Money, literature, transportation, 
and social exchange are limited and regulated to what only the 
best book of morals (the Bible) can condone. 

So parents, do not abuse your children. Welcome them. 
Love them. Clear the home of evil. Provide them acceptance, 
moral and spiritual instruction, and the discipline they need to 
grow. -Dennis Witnier, in Star of Hope 

selected by Herman Royer 


Dale Wemken P.O. Box 1258 

412 E Street 
Waterford, CA 95386 



God could have, in His majesty and power, made short 
work of Satan and His creation. But God's love for His created 
likeness and the value He placed on one soul, chose a course 
whereby man is able to overcome the power of Satan and be 
restored to God f s acceptance. 

In the beginning of His restoration plan He revealed to man 
the suffering that will be involved and his part in it. He 
identified Satan and pronounced judgment on him. Satan 
knowing his defeat and tune limit, is now in a rage against God 
and His creation. 

In this time span of restoring humanity, God has revealed 
Himself in various ways— in mighty powers, and miraculously 
proving to man who is in control, and that in then obedience or 
disobedience, the final outcome of this world will be in His 
hands. At times He needed to intervene (because of the 
wickedness of man) and physically destroy the wicked so that 
His plan would not be hindered. He gave the law to restrain 

He chose a nation and called them His people and worked 
miraculously through them This was all in His plan to restore 
mankind. He always revealed the things that will come to pass 
so as to assure the faithful that He is in control He revealed the 
end-time conditions-love waxing cold, evil and strife among 
the nations, family members' unfaithfulness to one another, and 
man mocking God and saying, "Where is this God that is in 

Because this has been revealed to us, we need not fear but 
look up, for our redemption draws nigh. Let us be assured that 
God's restoration plan is proving God's wisdom He has a 
faithful people, past and present tense. His restoration plan is 
still in process. Souls are still coming to Him in faith, 
repentance and obedience— calling on His name and growing 


in the light of His salvation. 

There wiU be a faithful remnant at His coining again; they 
will meet Him in the air and so ever be with Him. Heaven will 
ring with the praise, adoration, glory and majesty, power and 
might from the redeemed of all ages. These are those that have 
washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the 
Lamb. This will all come about because God chose the right 
plan for His creation in restoration and healing. (I John 3: 1-3) 

—Kenneth Martin 


Again we, the members of the Eastern Congregation 
rejoiced that souls are still responding to the call of the Master. 
Carletta Huffman received Christian baptism on confession of 
her faith in Christ on June 22. May she be true to Jesus and 
enjoy the blessings of salvation forever. — Melvin Coning 


ROYER - A daughter, Kimra Dawn, born June 20, to Paul and 
Rose Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 

Six good doctors anywhere 

And no one can deny it; 
Are doctors water, sunshine, air, 

Rest, exercise, and diet. 
These six will gladly you attend, 

If only you are walling. 
Your mind they'll cheer, 

Your ills they'll mend, 
And charge you not a shilling. 

—Selected from CLE Lightlines 

A wise head has prepared a code of rules entitled the "Ten 
Keys to Friendship." They are submitted here for your 

1. Be natural. Affections of all kinds are easily detected and 
display a lack of faith in our true selves; leave the play acting to 
other people. 

2. Be kind. Even if you're not naturally magnanimous, make 
a habit of being friendly and sympathetic toward everyone you 
meet. Be careful of others 1 sensitiveness; do not injure their 
feelings— the price is too high. 

3. Guard your words— don't say all you think; speak gently. 
It isn't so much what you say as how you say it. 

4. Have an interest. Enthusiasm about almost anything, as 
long as it isn't ourselves, is an appealing quality, but boredom 
never attracts friends. If you haven't a hobby, acquire one. 

5. Don't parade your virtues or discuss another's vices. 
Show no disposition to rejoice in the misfortune of another. 
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 

6. Have convictions, but respect the opinions of others. 
You may be wrong; listen to others. 

7. Don't regard a man as your enemy because he does not 
agree with you; it's a fine art to know how to disagree and yet 
be friends. 

8. Don't take too seriously statements said about you; most 
people speak from the teeth, not from the heart. 

9. Don't be too anxious about getting your just dues. Do 
your work, be patient, keep humble, keep sweet, forget 
yourself, and you will be respected and rewarded. 

10. Build up the self-esteem of the people you meet. You 
don't have to flatter them A sincere display of interest hi them 
and in the things which interest them will do the trick. 

Be interested in their activities, their families, their work. 
Be quick to encourage and not slow to extend sympathy. 



A few days ago there was a "work day" to build a roof on a 
small barn. As we were working together, two little boys and 
their daddy came up the stairs. We talked to the boys, then to 
their daddy. Soon we were all busy. We were turning over a 
rafter when one end started to break off. Brother Tom was on 
the edge of the upstairs floor. He was holding the end that 
broke. Several of us saw him fall. His two sons went over to 
the edge to see their daddy. I held to them so they wouldn't 
fail. "Oh, Daddy, Daddy." Several times they asked if he 
would be all right. As was said many times, God was tnercitul, 
(His back and wrist were broken, but his life was spared.) 

Children, I hope you can always have love and concern for 
your parents. Do not wait until an accident happens. When 
you are punished for doing something naughty, you can still say, 
"Oh, Daddy, Daddy, I love you. " 

The Bible tells us that some day children will grow up and 
hate their parents. One of the reasons is because children didn't 
have parents to correct them when they were naughty. 

Tell your parents now that you love them. The best gift you 
can have on this earth is Godly parents. 

—Everett Oyler 

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VOL. 42 AUGUST, 1995 No. 8 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:tt 


"When thou passest through the waters," 

Deep the waves may be and cold, 
But Jehovah is our Refuge, 

And His promise is our hold. 
For the Lord Himself hath said it, 

He, the faithful God and true. 
When thou contest to the waters, 

Thou shalt not go down, but through. 

Seas of sorrow, seas of trial, 

Bitterest anguish, fiercest pain, 
Rolling surges of temptation 

Sweeping over heart and brain- 
They shall never overflow us, 

For we know His Word is true; 
All His waves and all His billows 

He will lead us safely through. 

Threatening breakers of destruction, 

Doubt's insidious undertow, 
Shall not sink us, shall not drag us 

Out to ocean depths of woe. 
For His promise shall sustain us, 

Praise the Lord, whose Word is true! 
We shall not go down, or under, 

For He saith, "Thou passest through." 
-Annie Johnson Flint 

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A small sign at the end of the lane advertized garden 
vegetables for sale. Beneath the neatly lettered sign were these 
words: No Sunday Sales. The sign reflected the conservative 
Christian viewpoint regarding business on Sunday. 

Throughout history, men have wrestled with the proper 
observance of the Sabbath and the Lord's day. The Sabbath 
was given as a day of rest after the pattern of the six days of 
creation and God's resting on the seventh. No work was to be 
done. The day was to be kept holy. A man was stoned for 
presumptuously gathering sticks on the Sabbath. 

Most Christians believe that the Lord Jesus fulfilled the 
Sabbath when He called all to come to Him for rest. "Come 
unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give 
you rest... 11 Hebrews 4 speaks of this rest and the sabbath that 
remains for God's people. "For he that is entered into his rest, 
he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his." 
The Sabbath was a type of this rest that God has for all who 
come to Him. 

Jesus reserved the right to interpret the meaning of the 
Sabbath as He gave it. He showed to the Jews that simply 
ceasing from "work," especially in the way they were doing it, 
was not the real meaning of this day of rest. . He healed on the 
Sabbath and proposed the question to them, "Is it lawful to do 
good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill?" 
He told them, "The Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." 

But what about Sunday? We believe "the Lord's day" in 
Revelation 1:10 was the first day of the week when Jesus rose 
from the dead. The Holy Spirit came upon the new church on 
the first day of the week. It symbolizes the new covenant and 


new birth when the "old things are passed away; and, behold all 
tilings are become new." This day became the special worship 
day for the Christians. 

The early church was at first made up entirely of Jews or 
proselytes. The records show that they for a time observed 
both the sabbath and the Lord's day as days of worship. 
Revelation 1:10 records John's words: "I was in the Spirit on 
the Lord's day t .>" 

In the ancient writing "The Teachings of the Apostles" 
dated about A.D. L50, we have these words: "But every Lord's 
day do ye gather yourselves together and break bread, and give 
thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions that 
your sacrifice may be pure..." 

Neander's History of the Christian Religion and Church 
has this to say: 'The opposition to Judaism early led to the 
special observance of Sunday in place of the Sabbath, The 
first intimation of this cliange is in Acts 20:7, where we find the 
church assembled on the first day of the week; a still later one 
is in Rev, 1:10, where by the "Lord's day" can hardly be 
understood the day) of judgement Thus in the catholic epistle 
ascribed to Barnabas, at the close of the 15th chapter, Sunday 
is designated as the day of jubilee in remembrance of Christ's 
resurrection and ascension to heaven, and of the new creation 
which then commenced; and in the epistle of Ignatius to the 
Magnesians it is presupposed, that even the Jews who had 
come over to Christianity substituted Sunday in place of the 
Sabbath. As the Sabbath was regarded as representing 
Judaism, Sunday was contemplated as a symbol of the new life 
comecrated to the risen Christ and grounded in His 
resurrection. Sunday was distinguished as a day of joy, by 
being exempted from fasts, and by the circumstance that prayer 
was performed on this day in a standing and not in a kneeling 
posture, as Christ, by His resurrection, had raised up fallen 
man again to heaven. But as we liave already observed in 


Tertullian a confounding of the Jewish with the Christian view 
of feasts, so we find also in him indications of the transfer of 
the law of the Jewish Sabbath to Sunday; for by him, attending 
to any business on Sunday seems to have been regarded as 
sinful " 

In the 1600 ! s when Puritan Oliver Cromwell ruled England, 
the Puritans tried to force the people to be Christians. All shops 
were by law closed on Sundays. No one could engage in 
sports, and Sunday was enforced as a day of rest and worship. 
It reminds us of the way the Jews were observing the Sabbath 
when Jesus was on earth. 

In New England and especially Connecticut the Puritans 
again tried to make rules to force the people to obey and be 
Christians. The laws they made regarding religion were bound 
in blue paper and became known as "blue laws." To force 
people to do the things they should was no more effective than 
it had been in Europe. But it does show that Christian 
professing people had ideas about what should and should not 
be done on Sunday. 

In view of some of these abuses of the past, we do not want to 
confuse the Sabbath with the Lord's Day and make rules 
regarding the day. But from ancient writings it seems that the 
early church observed the Lord's day as a day of worship. We 
too should be, like John, "in the Spirit on the Lord's day." 

Paul writes in Romans 14:6 regarding esteeming one day 
above another or esteeming every day alike; "He that regardeth 
the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not 
the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it..." We have had good 
examples about "regarding the day" and regarding it to the 
Lord. Our fathers loved to assemble to worship. Hebrews 
10:25: "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as 
the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much 
the more, as ye see the clay approaching." Our careiiilness of 


conduct and our concern for one another should increase as we 
see the signs of the coming of the Lord. 

Some Christians will not sell on the Lord's day (No Sunday 
sales) nor will they buy nor travel nor eat in restaurants except 
hi emergencies. These are good resolves. More important yet 
is to fill this special day with worship and service. To visit the 
lonely or communicate with those far away are good activities. 
To read good things and study God's Word can be so profitable. 
Even rest like the sabbath rest can prepare us for the labors of 
the week. To make "blue laws" and prohibitions is to make the 
mistake of the Pharisees regarding the Sabbath and the Puritans 
regarding the Lord's day, so we need to be careful. 

When we do business or shop on the Lord's day we are 
depending on someone who had to work that day and probably 
was not free to attend worship service. We can reason that to 
stay away would not make one bit of difference to the store 
whether they would be open or not. True, but we are giving a 
testimony to the world one way or another, and we do have six 
other days to shop, 

For stores and other businesses to be open on Sunday is just 
another evidence of the unconcern and carelessness regarding 
the worship of God. Loose morals, perversions, lust for wealth 
and pleasure, are also increasing and we need to beware that we 
be not caught up in the same spirit of the world. We have it so 
good and easy, but in some parts of the world the church is 
suffering and poor. Some of our temptations would seem easy 
and petty to them. 

To observe one day in seven as a day of worship and 
service to God is not a burden but a blessing. Like other areas 
in our Christian life, we have a choice in how we will honor our 
Lord. May we give Him our devotion and reap the benefits of 
His peace and blessing. ~L. C. 

.THE F ILG R 1 M - 


Our country has spent billions of dollars building huge tele- 
scopes to peer far out into the universe. They have constructed 
complex and costly equipment to listen for sound from the 
distant stars. There is much speculation on the origin of life and 
on the origin of the universe. There is also much speculation 
about the possibility of intelligent life— out there. 

I£ as men peer through these telescopes, they would discern 
a rapidly approaching spaceship nearing our solar system, it 
would cause unimaginable excitement on earth. People would 
wonder: What will they be like? Will they be friendly? Are 
they coming to destroy us? There would be much speculation, 
much apprehension, much fear. No doubt earth f s best defences 
would be ready, in case they were not friendly. No doubt earth 
would make every attempt to communicate with them as they 
approached. Of one thing all would be sure. They would be 
vastly superior to us, for travel through the universe is far 
beyond our capabilities. 

There are positive answers to these speculations! There is 
extremely intelligent life-out there. This life is intelligent, 
beyond man's wildest imagination. This power is coming to this 
earth in the future, perhaps soon. This earth, and indeed the 
entire universe has its origin with this power. Our life itself 
originated with this power. 

Though many men do not seem to grasp the fact, this power 
has been in communication with this earth for a long time. 
Personal representatives of this power have been seen of men, 
many times. They were often bearers of important messages to 
man. A fully authorized representative of that power spent 
thirty-three years on this earth. He left detailed instructions here 
to tell us what this power expects from us. He left solemn 
warnings that if we disregard these instructions here, a day is 
coming when we will be severely punished for it. He even sent 


another representative who will daily help anyone who sincerely 
desires to understand and apply the instructions. 

This power is coming in the not-too-distant future— with a 
huge army. It will be futile to resist, though men will try. This 
power will then destroy this earth and severely punish all those 
who have disregarded or disobeyed the instructions. 

Those who have obeyed the instructions will then be given a 
spectacular space trip to an incredibly beautiful place where 
they will spend an endless eternity. 

Kind fiiend, the extra-terrestrials are coming! Are you 
ready? —James Beery 

Nappanee, Indiana 


Poor mother, caught in the rush and din 
Of a busy world of care and sin, 

Taking a job to help to supply 

The "needs" of the home (the bills are high). 

The poor careerist— she does not know 
The joys of watching her children grow, 

The baby sitter f s the one who hears 

Their childish joys, and who wipes their tears. 

Robbing herself of the joys that fill 

The heart resigned to the Father's will, 

She slaves each day for the temporal things 
That so soon shall fly as if on wings. 

No baby sitter that void can fill 

Which, according to the Father's will, 

Should be filled with Mother's love and care 
When— alas!— dear Mother is not there. 


With television and toys and such 
To take the place of Mother's touch, 

There is none their wayward feet to guide; 

There is none in whom they can confide. ] 

Is it any wonder the young folks turn 

To drink and drugs when they deeply yearn 

For love, and many take their life, 

And the world is filled with fear and strife? 

Where are the mothers willing to fill 
Their place at home in the Father's will, 

To guide with love and the chastening rod 

Their children's feet in the ways of God? 

The world may pity the one who stays 
At home with her children every day. 

With bottles, diapers, and sticky kisses, 

The best in life, they think, she misses. 

I pity the mother who does not know 
The joys our Father does bestow 

On those who choose to remain unknown, 

Willing to just be "keepers at home." 

God bless the mothers who give their lives 
To fit their little ones for the skies, 

And may they find, as they take God's way, 

The joys He has for those who obey. « 

-Mary Hursh from The Home-Builder Series 
-selected by Herman Royer 


TO OUR SISTERS (Continued) 

As a woman realizes her unique position in God's order of 
authority, she can feel confident to be able to truly be an help 
meet fpr her husband. 

Colossians 3:18 reads, "Wives submit yourselves unto your 
own husbands, as it is fit (because it is fitting and proper) in the 
Lord' 1 Not "if it is fit" but "as it is fit." 

We read in Titus 2:5, to be "obedient to their own 
husbands, that the Word of God be not blasphemed." The lack 
of submitting ourselves unto our husbands is as great a sin as 
cursing God. 

"Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto 
the Lord," we read in Ephesians 5:22. How is our relationship 
with the Lord? Do we love Him for His great love for us? 
Would we tell things about Him to make Him look bad in the 
eyes of others? Do our actions show that we truly do love 
Him? Do we love to talk about the wonderful things He does 
for us each day and His wonderful provisions for us and His 
daily protection? Oh, dear Sisters, this Scripture makes my 
heart so tender and I pray God will help us all to live out this 
wonderful Scripture in our daily lives. When you submit to 
your husband in this way, your love will flow freely toward 
your husband. It is the position, not the perfection, of the one 
in authority we must submit to, remembering that none of us are 
perfect. Our husbands can be lifted up to great spiritual heights 
through a woman's quiet submission and prayers of faith. Let 
us get under our authority and lift him up in deed and hi prayer. 

Another wonderful part of truly submitting to your husband, 
is the influence upon your children who are looking on. May 
the good Lord forgive us for the times we may have said or 
done anything to make our husbands look bad to our children. 
We have the privilege of showing our daughters, by example, 
the beauty of submission. Perhaps they will see, through you, 


the importance of making sure the young man they would like 
to keep company with would be one they could submit to in 
marriage. Also, our sons, looking on, can prayerfully seek a 
wife who shows a submissive spirit that will enable him to lead 
the home he hopes to have someday. I have heard it said that 
"a woman can keep her place of submission whether a husband 
does his part or not, but a husband cannot fulfill his 
responsibility of leadership if a wife refuses to submit to it." 

In closing, we would like to present some practical everyday 
questions we wives face in learning to submit unto our 
husbands. Let's search deep into our hearts for answers. 

1. Do I try to please him in my intimate marriage 
relationship? (I Corinthians 7:4-5) 

2. Do I "nag" my husband until I get my way? (I Peter 3:2) 

3. Do I sincerely listen to how he would prefer to have me 
dress myself and children, the way I fix up the house, when and 
where I go, and what I purchase? Think on I Peter 3:3,5; I 
Timothy 2:9-10; and Ephesians 5:24. If you would ask him to 
help you in these decisions, the blessings would be so great. 

4. Do I find that I am speaking more than my husband in 
the company of others? If it is this way, perhaps 1 haven't let 
him lead at home? (I Timothy 2:11- 12) 

5. Am 1 helping to make our home an atmosphere of love, 
order, and a place of rest and quiet for my husband, or am I 
always anxious about something? 

6. Do I cast "knowing " glances toward my husband 
"meaning," why don't you do your pait? instead of supporting 
the good he does in thankfirlness and respect before the family, 
lifting him up in prayer for God to help him see the need to lead 
His family? Isaiah 30:15 is good to think about at a time like 
this: "...In quietness and in confidence shall be your 
strength..." Also take your concern to him privately in humility. 

7. Do I greet him with tales of woe about my "hectic" day 
or do I show him by my words and actions I am happy to 


have him home and that I love him? (Titus 2:4) 

8. Do I meekly state my concerns and then willingly and 
lovingly submit to Ms final decisions whether I fully understand 
his reasons or not? 

If you feel you have any problem in any of the above 
questions, we encourage you to consider the following 
scriptures for your answers: 

Matthew 7:7-1 1: "Ask, and it shall be given to you: seek, 
and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For 
everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and 
to him that knocketh it shall be opened... If ye then, being evil, 
know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much 
more shall your Father which is in Heaven give good things to 
them that ask Him? n (Do you believe it?) James 5:16: 
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, 
that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a 
righteous man availeth much." (Do you believe it?) 

-Betty Beery 
Nappanee, Indiana 

There is always time to find 
Ways of being sweet and kind; 
There is always time to share 
Smiles and goodness everywhere. 
Time to send the frowns away, 
Time a gentle word to say, 
Time for helpfulness, and time 
To assist the weak to climb; 
Time to give a little flower, 
Time for friendship, any hour. 
But there is no time to spare 
For unkindness anywhere 

-Olive Plants (Selected) 



I stood alone at the bar of God 
In the hush of the twilight dim, 

And faced the question that pierced my heart, 
"What will you do with Him? 

Crowned or crucified? Which shall it be? 11 
No other choice was offered to me. 

I looked on the face so marred with tears 

That were shed in His agony 
The look in His kind eyes broke my heart; 

'Twas fiill of love for me. 
"The crown or the cross, it seemed to say. 

"For or against Me-choose thou today." 

He held out His loving hands to me 
While He pleadingly said, "Obey! 

Make Me thy choice, for I love thee so!" 
And I could not say Him nay. 

Crowned, not crucified, this must it be; 
No other way was open to me. 

I knelt in tears at the feet of Christ 
In the hush of the twilight dim, 
And all that I was, or hoped, or sought 

Surrendered unto Him. 
Crowned , not crucified--my heart shall know 
No king but Christ who loveth me so. 
—Florence F. Johnson 



A young man in all urgency came to Jesus to ask the all- 
important question. In asking, he tried to impress Jesus with 
words. Jesus rebuked liim and said, "Why callest thou me 
good..." then answered the question. He was to keep the 
commandments. The young man rated quite well in his own 
eyes. He said, "These have I kept from my youth. Is there 
anything that I lack?" When Jesus answered this question the 
young man had a< problem It revealed where his heart was. 
The advice of Jesus and the blessing He promised to the young 
man if he would hold to it was not acceptable to the young man, 
so he left Jesus sorrowful because he had great wealth. 

Jesus' disciples were present at the time, so he told them 
how difficult it is for a rich man to enter heaven. The 
astonished disciples asked who then could be saved. Jesus said 
with man this is impossible— but with God all tilings are 
possible. Peter then said, in behalf of the apostles, that they had 
left everything to follow Him. What would they have then? 
(We know that Peter and the rest of the disciples failed the test 
soon after. They all forsook Jesus as did the rich young man.) 

Jesus, knowing that they also had a problem as did the rich 
young man, told them that not until we have forsaken all- 
houses, brethren, sister, father, mother, wife, children, or lands 
for His name's sake, can He return it to us plus the gift of 
eternal life. 

All men have struggles with forsaking all that we have and 
are for His name's sake. This is the battle ground between God 
and Satan. The apostle Paul dealt with this on a daily basis and 
declared, "I die daily... 1 am crucified with Christ; nevertheless 
I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I 
now live in the flesh 1 live by the faith of the Son of God who 
loved me, and gave himself for me." (Gal. 2:20) Jesus also 
addressed this when He said, "If any man will come after me let 


kim deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." 
The victory on a daily basis comes from the strength of trusting 
in the glorious promise of Jesus which is eternal life. 

—Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


We of the Salida Congregation were all happy and rejoiced 
with die angels when Daniel Hicks chose to follow the Master 
and received Christian baptism on July 23, May he be faithful 
and helpful in God's kingdom. 

—Joseph L. Cover 


CABLE - A son, Jeremy Dale, born July 20, to Larry and 
Liana Cable of Dayton, Ohio. 

BEERY - A son, Aaron Lee, born July 28, to Jonathan and 
Angi Beery of Sonora, California. 


HILTY--MOSS Jeffrey Hilty and Allison Moss were married 

July 8, at Dallas Center, Iowa. 

Their address is: 2506 Wagner Rd. 

Greenville, OH 45331 

If we abide in Christ, we must walk as He walked. 



Last week we took our turn mowing the school yard. When 
we drove into the drive we saw the red flags and were reminded 
to watch for the killdeer nest. We really didn't need the flags to 
be reminded. Two mother killdeer were on duty. You know 
how they act when their babies are in danger. (They run away 
from the nest and act like they are hurt. That gets your 
attention away from the nest of babies.) I knew there was one 
nest, but where was the other one? I walked around awhile 
trying to find it, but you know how well they are hidden. I 
didn't find it. 

I left for awhile, and Everett used the rider on the big yard. 
When I came back both Mothers were taking their two babies 
for a walk. Then I started the push mower and decided to trim 
around the red flags. That really upset "Red Flag Mother.; 
The most amazing thing was those babies were down in the nest 
holding so still that I wouldn't have known they were there if 
the red flags weren't there. They stayed really still all the time I 
mowed. I didn't mow very close because the poor Mother was 
in real distress. I followed her around the drive, as of course I 
needed to mow there anyway. That made her think I was 
following her away from the babies. 

Now children can you tell me how those babies knew they 
must stay down in their nest when that big loud mower came 
right up beside them? Why didn't they run away? Do you 
know why? 

What about you boys and girls? When your mother or 
daddy warns you of danger, do you listen to their warning as 
the killdeer, or do you think you are wiser than the killdeer? 

It is good to obey at all times. Then when you need to obey 
quickly in a serious time, you will do it quickly. Our 
granddaughters learned about this when their wild cow got out. 
Mother said, "Run! 11 and they ran fast. 

-Nancy Oyler 


When James A Garfield was a young man a printed slip was 
given him by an old friend which he carefully cherished to the 
end of his life. It read: 

Make few promises. 

Always speak the truth. 

Never speak evil of anyone. 

Keep good company or none. 

Never play games of chance. 

Drink no intoxicating drinks. 

Good character is above everything else. 

Keep your own secrets if you have any. 

Never borrow if you can possibly help it. 

Do not marry until you are able to support a wife. 

Keep yourself honest if you are to be happy. 

When you speak to a person look into his eyes. 

Make no haste to be rich if you would prosper. 

Live within your income. 

Save when you are young to spend when you are old. 

If anyone speaks evil of you, let your life be so that noone 
can believe him. 

Read the above carefully and thoughtfully at least once a 
week. —Selected 

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VOL. 42 SEPTEMBER, 1995 No. 9 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:tt 


Laid on Thine altar, O my Lord Divine, 
Accept my gift this day, for Jesus' sake; 
I have no jewels to adorn Thy shrine, 
Nor any world- famed sacrifice to make; 
But here I bring within my trembling hands 
This will of mine, a thing that seemeth small, 
Yet Thou alone, O Lord, canst understand 
How, when I yield Thee this, I yield Thee all. 

Hidden therein, Thy searching gaze can see 

Struggles of passion, visions of delight, 

All that I have, or fain would be. 

Deep loves, fond hopes, and longings infinite: 

It hath been wet with tears and dimmed with sighs, 

Clenched in my grasp, till beauty hath it none; 

Now from Thy footstool, where it vanquished lies, 

The prayer ascendeth, "May Thy will be done." 

Take it, O Father, ere my courage fail, 
And merge it so in Thine own, that e'en 
If in some desperate hour my cries prevail, 
And Thou give back my gift, it may have been 
So changed, so purified, so far have grown, 
So one with Thee, so filled with love Divine, 
I may not know or feel it as my own, 
But gaining back my will, may find it Thine. 

—Author Unknown 

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"Steps unto Heaven," "Stepping in the Light, " "Teach me all 
ITiy steps to trace," "When We Walk with the Lord," "Walking 
in Sunlight," "Walking, Saviour, Close to Thee," and "Walk in 
the Light," is only a partial list of expressions in our hymns 
about our steps on the Christian pathway. 

Our life in Christ is justly termed a walk. We are called to 
begin this journey as early as we are aware that we are beings in 
need of a Saviour. 

The other morning my alarm rang, and I began the waking 
up process to begin another day of life. After thoughts of my 
dependence on God and a plea for mercy for myself and others, 
I began a few careful steps and started to count them In no 
time I had over fifty. I thought of some similarities of the 
Christian walk to our daily life. 

At some point an alarm sounds, and we are made aware of a 
need to wake up and begin a life of better things. This alarm 
may come from the teaching and warning of Christian parents. 
It may come from the study of God's Word or from a sermon or 
something one has written. 

Jesus tells us (John 6:44), "No man can come to me, except 
the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up 
at the last day." We are urged to accept and not resist this 
drawing of the Father. If we know true values, we will yield to 
Him with our whole hearts, and He will walk with us. He will 
make all tilings new and give us the new birth into His family. 

As with the physical, the spiritual walk consists of steps. 
We may do some lowly crawling, and we may be privileged to 
soar as the eagle at times. But most of our experiences will be 
like steps. God gives us His Word as "A lamp unto our feet, 
and a light unto our path." We do not have to step into the 



The first steps may be small, careful ones as we learn to 
balance on only two feet. We do need balance. The first steps 
of a child are applauded by the parents, for this is progress and 
normal development. We need lots of help at first. 

Can we identify a few of those first steps? One might be to 
learn to accept help from above. We are naturally independent 
creatures and want to do our own walking. But early in the 
Christian walk we need to learn how dependent we are. We 
learn to lean on the Lord and one another. It just makes a 
better walk to walk humbly and submissively. 

Another step might be a turn from a careless, selfish life to 
one of order and good habits. A step toward holiness is one 
away from the world. The development of a life of discipline 
and holiness will consist of many steps- some large and some 
small. They are steps of faith on a path unknown in our past. 
There is the hahft of prayer to commune with God and plead for 
others. There is one of Bible study-daily feeding on the Word 
and growing strong in obedience. There is an important step 
away from entertainment and need for fun into greater 
responsibility in the Kingdom Paul writes in I Corinthians 13, 
"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, 
I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away 
childish things/ 1 We can grow up and mature and become more 
and more useful as we seek with all our hearts to be more like 
our Saviour. 

A step of faith and maturity is when we learn to be a friend 
and helper to another struggler on the pathway. This is a 
development of love when we are really willing to "spend and 
be spent" for someone else. When we pray for a friend (or even 
for an "enemy") we are in an attitude to be of service to him. 

Sometimes it seems that our progress is slow. We take a 
step forward and seem to slip two steps backward. It is easy to 
do this regarding our words. I have made good resolves to 


say nothing about another person that would be unkind or 
unduly critical I have resolved to praise and compliment, and 
not discourage, but how soon I slide back and fail. James 
speaks about the tongue and how hard to tame it is— that no 
man can do it. Only God can accomplish this step in us and 
keep us from failure. 

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord." (Psalm 
37:23) Matthew Henry comments: "God orders the steps of a 
good man; not only his way in general, by His written word, but 
his particular steps, by the whispers of conscience, saying, 'This 
is the way, walk in it. 1 He does not always show him his way at 
a distance, but leads him step by step, as children are led, and so 
keeps hi m in a continual dependence on His guidance." 

Some day the last step will be taken. For those paralyzed or 
bed fast, the last physical step has already happened. But even 
from a bed, we can continue our walk of faith. At the end of 
the walk is the glorious destination— the presence of our Saviour 
and the privilege to live forever there. 

Step by step on life's long journey 
Walk the pilgrims out of strife, 
Singing praises to the Saviour, 
To the One who gave IBs life. 

Steps of faith, a walk of service, 
Take us nearer to our rest; 
Make us conscious of our weakness 
Trusting Him who knoweth best. 

Step by step we near the glory; 
Brighter, plainer grows the way, 
Till at last we reach the Saviour; 
Welcome rest at end of day. 



A new bom infant is one of the most dependent and helpless 
beings in God's creation. A constant source of care and 
nourishment is essential if the child is to grow and mature. A 
newborn child of God in Christ Jesus faces similar conditions hi 
a spiritual sense. 

Jesus says, "Except a man be bora again he cannot see the 
kingdom of God." Being born of the Spirit is an essential 
experience for spiritual growth. We have no say in determining 
our natural birth but we are blessed with the opportunity of 
choosing the spiritual birth. This birth comes through faith in 
God, repentance for sin, and the act of water baptism. We 
cannot limit God's saving power, but we have little assurance of 
receiving the birth of the Spirit without water baptism. 

There is no better environment for the growth and maturing 
of the child than a home where God's order is taught and 
practiced. Likewise the new bora child of God can be nurtured 
and instructed the most effectively in a church fellowship where 
the Word is taught and practiced. Many children today— up to 
86% in some city areas—are bora to single or unmarried 
mothers. These children will grow up but, with a few 
exceptions, they will not mature with a balanced sense of 
responsibility, thus compounding society's moral and social 
problems. Likewise the newborn in Christ, if they are not in a 
church fellowship where God's order and ordinances are taught 
and practised, will not mature with a balanced concept of 
Christian responsibility. I fear that the media of mass 
evangelism neglects to instruct and nurture the new convert 
adequately. Also the modern attack against the organized 
church is a tactic of Satan to discourage believers from 
fellowshiping and working together. Any social worker will 
acknowledge that an isolated child will not mature normally. 
The same is true for an isolated child of God. 


I believe maturity is the development where the individual 
can contribute more than he receives. Spiritual maturity comes 
only by learning and practicing God's Word. 

—Joseph Wagner 
Modesto, California 


Does the Bible teach that women are to be keepers at 
home? This article is written not to judge or condemn, but to 
encourage men and women to walk in the freedom God's Word 
brings. Unfortunately, when the doctrine of women being 
keepers at home is mentioned, many become very upset and 
offended, while others stop up their ears and cry "legalism. " 
Happily there are some who, like the Bereans, will study what 
the Word of God has to say to see if the things are so. 

A good place to begin this study is Genesis 3: 16-19. "Unto 
the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy 
conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy 
desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And 
unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice 
of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded 
thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for 
thy sake; in sorrow thou shalt eat of it all the days of thy life; 
thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt 
eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat 
bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou 
taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." 

Several interesting aspects of God's Word appear in these 
four verses. This passage shows that what God ordained 
almost 6,000 years ago is still in effect today. Women still bring 
forth children in sorrow (pain). A woman's desire is still toward 
her husband, in spite of the rebellious women's liberation 
movement, and men still rule over their wives, although many 


do not do it out of love as out example, Jesus Christ, rides over 
the church. The earth continues to bring forth thorns and 
thistles. Man still eats the herb of the field. It is still in the 
sweat of a man's face that he eats his bread, and a man's body 
will still return to the dust when his spirit enters eternity. These 
Scriptures illustrate that God has ordained the man, and not the 
woman, to toil to provide his bread. This is an ordinance God 
established that is still intact today. Yes, it is true that in the 
last 40 to 50 years many in the world and a growing number in 
the churches have rejected this truth. But man's rejection of 
God's Word does not nullify it. 

Let us now look to women being keepers at home. The 
first verse is Psalm 113:9. The Bible says, "He maketh the 
barren women to keep house, and to be a joyfid mother of 
children. Praise ye the Lord." It is the Lord Jesus Christ, God 
Almighty, that makes the barren woman to keep house and 
makes her a joyfid mother of children. God makes her to keep 
house. It is no mistake that the Lord does not mention the man 
in this verse, but only the woman. The reason is simple, God 
has ordained men to work outside the home to provide for their 
families. God has ordained women to work inside the home 
providing the daily love, nurturing, and supervision for the 
children and the home, while her husband is working outside the 
home making provision for the home. 

The second passage of Scripture that applies to this study is 
I Timothy 4: 1 1-14. "But the younger widows refuse: for when 
they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will many; 
having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. 
And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to 
house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, 
speaking things which they ought not. I will therefore that the 
younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give 
none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfiilly." These 
Scriptures give a clear directive on what young women are to 


do. Young women are to marry, they are to bear children, and 
are to guide the house. We must understand that this is a New 
Testament teaching, not to be minimized or pushed aside... 

As with all God's commandments, ordinances, and 
doctrines, our adversary the devil works very hard to bring 
confusion and compromise. So, I ask you to trust in the Lord 
with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding. 
(Proverbs 3:5) 

Now consider Titus 2:1-6 which says, "But speak thou the 
things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be 
sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 
The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh 
holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of 
good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, 
to love their husbands, to love their children, 1 to be discreet, 
chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own 
husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." 
The Lord through Paul is here addressing several areas of sound 
doctrine. We must understand that as the children of God 
through faith in Jesus Christ, we cannot allow our personal 
preferences of our society or situations to alter or compromise 
sound doctrine. 

As we read in verse 2, the Lord, through Paul, clearly tells 
aged men to be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in 
charity, in patience. This is sound doctrine, not to be altered. It 
would be wrong for aged men in the faith not to be sober, not 
to be grave, not to be temperate, not to be sound in the faith, 
not to have charity (love), and not to be patient. For it is the 
aged men hi the faith that the young men can look to as Christ- 
like examples, living epistles. 

As with aged men, aged women are to exhibit behavior as 
becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, 
teachers of good things. Aged women as with aged men are to 
be examples to younger people. Now the aged women are told 


to be teachers of good things to the younger women, not 
younger men or aged men, which is forbidden by the Word of 
God (I Timothy 2:12), but to teach younger women. Titus 
2:4,5 says, "That they may teach the young women to be sober, 
to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, 
chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, 
that the word of God be not blasphemed," These words spoken 
in verses four and five are sound doctrine, not merely good 

Our heavenly Father has commanded that women be 
keepers at home, not to burden women, but to free women 
from undue burdens and hardships. Most people will generally 
acknowledge that taking care of the home is a M time job. 
Sadly, many women have swallowed a Me from our adversary, 
the devil, through mis^ui^ed groups and people, that a woman 
must get a job outside |the home. This, of course, adds another 
ten hours a day to a woman's life, which is clearly a burden and 
a hardship. 

There is, of course, much to say about the destructiveness and 
heartache that so many families have had to go through because 
of disobeying this simple doctrine, (to be continued) 
-by Brian Brannick in Companions 
selected by Herman Royer 

Kind hearts are the gardens; 
Kind thoughts are the roots; 
Kind words are the flowers; 
Kind deeds are the fruits. 
Take care of your garden, 
And keep out the weeds; 
Fill it with sunshine, 
Kind words, and kind deeds. 



We, the members of the Eastern district of the Old Brethren 
have appointed September 30 and October 1, the Lord willing, 
for our Fall Lovefeast to be held at our meeting house near 
Wakarusa, Indiana. 

We also plan a Communion October 28 and 29 at our 
meeting house near Bradford, Ohio. We extend a hearty 
welcome to all our members and friends to attend these 

— Mehdn Coning 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in California, 
have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast, the Lord willing, at 
Salida on October 14 and 15. We sincerely welcome all to 
come and be with us at this time of communion and revival. 

-Joseph L. Cover 


JOHNSON -- Grace Martha, born October 16, 1993, and 
received home August 29, 1995, by her waiting family, Ken, 
Karen, William, Calvin, and Catherine Johnson of 1539 
Montclair Dr., Modesto, California 95350. 


HOOVER -- A son, Ezra Glen, born August 28, to Glen and 
Rachel Hoover of Goshen, Indiana. 

BEERY -- A son, Benjamin Weston, born September 4, to 
Stephen and Kim Beery, of Nappanee, Indiana 



For me He died! Oh wondrous thought! 
For me this love, redemption brought! 
The human heart can't comprehend 
This great compassion without end. 

Ah, wondrous love! Oh boundless grace! 
That shone to man, on Jesus' face! 
Upon the cross He hung in pain, 
And bled and died for our great gain. 

Father, forgive! He pled for those 
Who struck His brow with cruel blows: 
And mocking stood, around Him there, 
Oh, love, how great! Oh grace, how fair! 

For you, for me this love arose! 

This grace was shone! This mercy flowed 

That we for sin may be forgiven 

To share His joys up there in heaven. 

Oh may our hearts now overflow! 
And may our deeds this great love show. 
May thankfulness shine in our face, 
And praise to God for wondrous grace! 

That others, too, may realize 
And grasp the truth in glad surprise; 
Accept His grace while there is time; 
And enter heaven's immortal clime. 

—James Beery 



Inspired during a sermon by Brother Len Wertz. 

Do you hear the drops? Drip by drip? 
Do you hear the death as it flows? 
Underneath the wood, smeared in the dirt. 
He did it for you; do you know? 

For you and me, He died the death. 
He pondered it before He came. 
He had the chance to turn away. 
But He did it all the same. 

His arms stretched out and from the wounds, 
The drips falling through the air; 
He stated His last and all was done, 
A drip at a time, He cared. 

Want to give your blood? Drip by drip? 
When unholiness flows within? 
No payment can be, apart from Him; 
Accept His blood for your sins. 

Do you hear the drops? Drip by drip? 
Do you hear the death as it flows? 
Underneath the wood, smeared in the dirt. 
God did it for you; do you know? 

Without the blood-there can be no remission for sins. 

—Mrs. Kenneth Johnson 
Modesto, California 



Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God 
through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access 
by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of 
the glory of God. (Romans 5:1,2) 

/The need to be justified would indicate that we have a 
problem, and that it is in the hands of the One who has the 
authority over us. 

The law requires justice. If this can't be met, the price is 
death. This is where the human family was totally helpless and 
unable to meet the requirements of justice. 

God's great love and mercy to the human family has 
provided justification for all men. The promise is now, that 
whosoever puts his trust and faith in this, is now justified before 
God. The requirement is now proving this faith in real life. 

We notice how the apostle Paul declared that only through 
faith can we have access to justification and in this faith we 
stand. The apostle Paul has proven this so faithfully in his life 
and also in his death. 

The security and assurance he had in being justified before 
God empowered him to withstand forces that tried to overcome 
and condemn him He even gloried in the privilege of 
exercising in this faith in trials and suffering, even longing for 
death that he might be with his Justifier in body. 

The result of justification is peace, assurance in hope, and 
worship in joy and praise. But to claim justification and not 
prove it in life is the rankest form of hypocrisy. We believe 
most men feel justified in the course they are taking in life, even 
in rejecting the justification God has provided for them. 
Conduct that is not in harmony with truth and claimed 
justifiable is nothing less than self-justification and has no 
eternal value. (Luke 6:46) Any conduct and behavior that is in 


harmony with truth, but isn't promoted by faith in the 
justification God has provided, is nothing less than self 
justification, and has no eternal value. (Luke 13:25-27) 

Justification is provided for all men, but only those who will 
respond to it in truth will be cleared before God. To prove the 
knowledge of justification is to live and speak its language. The 
evidence of this knowledge is the fruit that it bears. The fruit 
we bear, in itself, will not justify us before God, but it is the 
faith that prompts us in it. Only when the body of Christ can 
maintain taie discernment in justification^ through faith, can it 
prove its power. 

—Kenneth Martin 


The sharp cold 

Splinters the night, H ' ' 

Just as wars [l.j 

Splinter the lives 

Of people 

In far away lands 

The warm sun 
Brings hope anew, 
Just as truce 

Strengthens those caught 
In rabble 

Of war-torn strands 
The solution 
Dawns in a flash. 
Jesus comes 
To call His own 

From all sea and land. 
—Sharon See 



Today we're filled with youthful glee, 
And have much time and little care, 
To run about just as we please 
While older saints the burdens bear. 


We like to be with our young friends 

And mow the yard and play some ball, 

Or maybe every now and then 

Go shopping at the city mall. 

It may seem like our place is small 
In the service of our Lord, 
But there is work for one and all, 
Jesus tells us in His Word. 

It might just be a cheerful smile 
To someone burdened and distressed; 
Or maybe we could sing a song 
To the elderly or oppressed. 

Our example must more brightly shine 
For young ones following close behind; 
The marks we leave are lasting ones 
Upon their tender, little minds. 

Then let us read and meditate 

And spend much time with God in prayer, 

And find the joy in little things, 

Thus easing burdens others bear. 

In the midst of life and vigor, 
We may not fully comprehend, 
That on our faithfulness and prayer 
Tomorrow's church will sure depend. 

-Wanda Hilty 
New Madison, Ohio 


"Sally," Mother called. "It is such hot, dry weather, the 
geraniums in the boxes on the porch need to be watered again." 
Sally went for the watering can, and filled it very full at the 
spigot. After all, it was so hot, she didn't min d if some splashed 
onto her dress. 

Very soon she came to Mother. "The water just runs right 
off the dirt and out of the boxes," she said. Mother nodded 

"The soil is so dry and hard it can't soak up the water," she 
said. "We'll have to loosen the dirt." She got her little digger 
and went with Sally to the porch. After she had loosened the 
soil around the geraniums, Sally watered them again. This time, 
the soil soaked up the water quickly. 

Mother said, "You know, Sally, sometimes children get like that 
hard, packed soil, and they do not listen to their parents. 
Whatever their parents tell them to do just runs o&> like the 
water ran off the hard dirt. So, what do Father and Mother 
need to do then, to make their children listen and be obedient? 
They need to loosen the soil of the children's hearts by 
punishing them The punishment makes the children sad; when 
they are sad, they decide they had better listen to their parents. 
And, God even has to make us big people sad at times, to 
loosen the soil of our hearts so we will soak up His Word and 
obey Him/' -Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 

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''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly iusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: n 


I thank the Lord my Maker for all His gifts to me; 
For making me partaker of bounties rich and free; 
For father and for mother, who give me clothes and food, 
For sister and for brother, and all the kind and good. 

I thank the Lord my Saviour Who came for me to die, 
And bless me with His favor, and fit me for the sky 
That all my sins out-blotted, by Jesus washed away, 
I may be found unspotted when comes the final day. 

I thank the Lord for giving the Spirit of His grace, 
That I may serve Him living, and dying reach the place 
Where Jesus in His glory I shall forever see, 
And tell the wondrous story of all His love for me. 

-Thomas MacKellar, 1844 

"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." 

II Corinthians 9:15 

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Thanksgiving is not a once-a-year event, but rather a 
condition of our hearts. It has been characteristic of God's 
people in past ages as they offered their thank offerings and 
sang their thanksgiving hymns. Only when men did not know 
God were they also unthankftd. (See Romans 1:21) 

Thanksgiving is nearly synonymous ^ith happiness, if we 
could draw a scale showing our mood changes (and who does 
not have them) thanksgiving would be among the highest—up 
there with joy, praise, and cheerfulness. We could even 
propose that thankfulness is a proof of the happy, satisfied life. 

Thankfulness does not depend on prosperity. There is even 
evidence to show that the opposite is true. I just read in Ezekiel 
16:49 that wicked, ungrateful Sodom was characterizes by 
pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness. The trend in 
our country toward higher wages and more free time will not 
produce the contentment it appears to offer. On the other hand, 
the poor widow that cast two mites into the treasury 
demonstrated a gratitude and contentment seldom found in the 
world. Jesus observed her and told His disciples that she had 
cast more in than the ones who were rich and cast in much. 

Rich or poor, the ones who have most cause for 
thanksgiving are those who have their sins forgiven. Jesus asks, 
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, 
and lose his own soul?" We need to ask ourselves frequently, 
"What is most valuable? Where should I be putting my greatest 
effort? For what should I be most thankful?" A large gift from 
a friend brings forth a note of thanks and an attitude of 
obligation, while a small gift might be answered with a simple 
"Thank you." For God's great gift of grace we should be 


eternally obligated and thankful. Yet sometimes it seems that 
earthly successes and temporal blessings have the greatest 

As I grow older, I see greater value in the passing of time. 
That might seem strange. But remember, this world is not our 
home. Most of us have been on long trips which kept us away 
from home for three weeks or a month. Even though we enjoy 
our visits, how good it is to return home! How much more 
blessed will it be to reach our heavenly home! We want to be 
grateful for the delights of this life. But may we not forget the 
joys that await the Christian pilgrim. Paul writes, "If in this life 
only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 1 ' 
(I Corinthians 15:19) 

I remember a short note in a guest book by the side of dying 
Sadie Cover. She was unconscious, but the friends who loved 
her kept visiting the nursing home where she lay. Her brother 
Jesse had written, "One day nearer home." It is true for all 
God's people. 

Thank God also for youth! We older ones rejoice to see 
work accomplished by the strength and vigor of younger ones. 
The zeal of young people needs to be tempered by the wisdom 
of experience, but where would we be without that zeal? 
Young people, may that vigor be channeled into service in 
God's Kingdom May the Word of God and the name of our 
Saviour be carried with enthusiasm to those who need His 
saving power! 

One gift that stands out as special among our blessings is 
the gift of friends. Some people have so few, but we have so 
many. Friends encourage us and stand by us when life gets 
tough. Jesus even calls us friends. How blessed we are to have 
the "friend that sticketh closer than a brother." "A friend loveth 
at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." (Proverbs 


Paul writes to the Thessalonians: "In every thing give 
thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning 
you. 1 ' This is a perfect standard as are all the ways of God. 
May we be more thankful. 

Our thankfulness is best 

Displayed, not just professed. 

A thankful heart, a thankful word 

Are both by Jesus seen and heard. 

To prove our earnest praise > 
We walk in thoughtful ways. 
We love our fiiends; we love our Lord; 
We use His Word—that trusty sword. 

And so we wish to say, 

"Praise God Thanksgiving Day! 11 

But not on just this day alone, 

But every hour may praise be shown. 

True friends we bow with you; 
Our worship is His due. 
So bend the knee; His goodness see; 
Praise God! In Christ is victory! --L.C. 

WORKING WOMEN? (Continued) 

But let us continue in the Scriptures to help eliminate some 
of the confusing teaching that has risen in the last fifty years. 
There are many who try to teach that it is okay for women to 
work outside of the home by pointing to Lydia and Proverbs 
31. Let us look at these two examples in the light of the 
Scriptures which clearly show these women were not working 
outside the home. In Acts 16: 13- 15 the Bible says, "And on the 
sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer 


was wont to be made; and we sat down and spake unto the 
women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named 
Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which 
worshipped God, heard us; whose heart the Lord opened, that 
she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And 
when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, 
saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come 
into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us." 

As we read these verses, it is nowhere mentioned that Lydia 
worked outside the home. If we study out the times in which 
Lydia lived, we will see clearly that women produced fabrics 
and clothing from within their own homes. They then would 
sell them to the merchants that would walk through the streets, 
passing by the various homes that had an excess of goods to 
sell. This, of course, is clearly where the Proverbs 3 1 woman 
produced clothing for her family, herself and for the merchants. 
Proverbs 31:18-22: "She perceiveth that her merchandise is 
good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands 
to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretoheth 
out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to 
the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for 
all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself 
coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple." 

The Proverbs 31 woman was a good and faithful wife, a 
keeper at home. She worked from within the home, not 
without the home. She took care of the children during the day; 
she did not drop them off at day care or leave them with family 
or friends, while she went off to a job earning wages outside the 
home. Yes, who can find a virtuous woman? 

Others have tried to say that Ruth worked outside the home 
when she gleaned wheat in Boaz's fields. This, of course, is a 
false example, Ruth was walking according to the Word of 
God which allowed the poor to glean for food. Ruth was 
gleaning for food; she was not leaving the house each day 


going to a job earning a daily or weekly wage. 

Ruth, Lydia, and the Proverbs 31 woman were women who 
walked in accordance with God's Word. They were women 
who had hearts after God and were blessed by God. 

Some have compromised and taught others to rebel against 
the Word of God by using the example of a single mother. 
They teach that it is just not practical for a single mother to stay 
home. These faithless people are just like those mentioned in 
Psalm 78:19 which says, "Yea, they spake against God; they 
said, Can God furnish a table in the wil4emess?" God's arm 
does not wax short. If a single mother will live by faith and 
obey God's Word, she and her children will be provided for. 
Clearly the Word of God shows us this time and again. 

Psalm 37:25 says, "I have been young, and now am old; yet 
have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging 
bread." Many, of course, are like Thomas and will not believe 
unless they see. God has provided for His faithful children for 
almost 6,000 years, and will do so for eternity. Single mothers 
must live by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and obey Him. 

It has been said that a family needs to have two incomes in 
today's world. This, of course, boils down to economics, some 
out of need and some out of greed. To this the Bible clearly 
says in I Samuel 15:23, "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, 
and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast 
rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from 
being king." King Saul paid a physical and eternal price for 
rejecting the Word of God and so too do many in the body of 
Christ, as well as in the world when they reject God's Word 
concerning this sound doctrine. It is always better to obey God 
and suffer for it here in this life than to disobey God here and 
suffer for it in the afterlife. 

A man and his wife do not need two incomes to survive in 
today's world; they need to trust and obey the Word of God. 
Many studies have been done that show a second income gives 


little or no income to the family after paying for child care, 
transportation, meals out, clothing and the like. Sadly for many 
families, the cost of an unstable marriage and poor child-parent 
relationships are not figured into the equation until after the 
damage is done. 

I want to encourage each of you to trust in the Lord, and 
walk in the freedom God's Word brings, and not walk according 
to the worldly wisdom and compromise so prevalent within the 
churches today. —by Brian Brannich in Companions 

selected by Herman Royer 


Did I forget to thank Thee, Lord, 
For things that may seem small; 
A flower by the wayside path, 
A wild bird's lonely call, 
For all the daily happenings 
That we call commonplace, 
For sunrise and for sunset glow, 
My neighbor's smiling face? 

Since life is made of little things, 

Oh, let me not forget 

To count my smallest blessings all 

Before the sun is set. 

I thank Thee, Lord, for every one 

Who adds a note of cheer, 

And for the blessings multiplied 

To me from year to year. 

—Author Unknown 

3 IliEJJLQRM _^ 


A Brethren historical tour of Europe! From the first it 
sounded interesting. Were we to be so favored and could we 
take valuable time and use our means for a trip like this? Our 
hopes were that the trip would be a learning experience to share 
with others. 

Our tour was planned to visit scenes of Brethren history and 
was led by Dr. Donald Durnbaugh, (possibly the leading 
authority on the subject) and his wife Hedda. We also saw 
some places where Anabaptists— nearly 200 years before the 
Brethren—made their stand for Christ and suffered for it. 

As we were hurried along from place to place, Dr. 
Durnbaugh reminded us, "We are not on a shopping tour; this is 
a study tour." We appreciated this as the Durnbaughs drew on 
their background of study and experience to give us accurate 

It proved to be a real blessing from God that we could 
travel so comfortably across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe— 
really a small part of the world, but a land so rich in the history 
of both our race and our Christian faith. We saw many people 
looking very much like Americans, but with a strange tongue— 
and yet it was the language of our ancestors; we are the ones 
who changed! 

Since we were already in the East visiting our members, our 
trip started from South Bend, Indiana, and included Kenneth 
and Lois Martin and Kenneth's brother Junior (Monroe) and 
Emma Martin. Our loved ones there saw us off October 9 at 
10:05 A.M. We flew first to Chicago and then to New York 
where we met Dr. and Mrs. Durnbaugh and the rest of the tour 
members-- forty- seven in all. After about two hours of briefing 
and getting acquainted at JFK, we boarded a huge KLM 747 
for our 6 hour overnight flight to Amsterdam, and arrived at 
7:00 A.M. the next day. We changed currency during our 
three hours in the Schiphol Airport and boarded another jet for 


Zurich, Switzerland, where we cleared customs and met our 
fine tour bus and competent driver Hen- Werner Winkenect. 
(We were to appreciate his skill as he calmly manuevered us 
through the narrow streets, clearing signs and other cars by 
inches but without a scratch or mishap.) This bus was to be our 
"home" for the next ten days. Valuables were safe in the bus, 
and each one had a place to call his own. 

The bus had a clear P.A. system over which the Durnbaughs 
would explain historical events, define mysterious names or 
terms, and describe the places through which we were passing. 
Each morning on a longer stretch of driving, a tour member was 
called on to choose a hymn and Scripture and give a short 
devotional talk. 

We left the Kloten Airport in Zurich and rode our bus to the 
Limmat River for a walking tour of the old central section of 
the city. Here were scenes where early Swiss Anabaptists 
declared their faith and suffered for it. We saw the statue of 
Ulrich Zwingli, with the Bible in one arm and a sword held 
upright before him. Zwingli, a contempory of Martin Luther, 
was leader of the Reformed Chrch. Nearby was the 
Grossmuenster, the huge cathedral where Zwingli preached and 
across the river, the Fraumuenster. The Limmat River, perhaps 
150 feet wide, flows through Zurich, where on January 5, 1527, 
the martyr Felix Manz was drowned, his tied hands down over 
his flexed knees, with a broom handle shoved through so he 
could not possibly swim On that same day George Blaurock 
was whipped out of town. Manz, Conrad Grebel, and Blaurock 
first baptized believers and organized the Swiss Anabaptist 
movement (separate from their teacher Zwingli) here in Zurich 
and in nearby Zollikon. This Free Church, begun 470 years ago, 
was characterized by complete separation from the state and the 
baptizing of only adults who would repent and believe the 
Gospel Of course, they brought down on their heads the wrath 
of both state and formal church. 


Zwingli had broken from the Catholic Church by his 
eloquent preaching from the Bible— insisting on a change in the 
people's lives. He instituted his reform by breaking the Lenten 
fast—serving sausages to the people, and rejecting the mass, 
images, and other abuses. At first he taught against infant 
baptism but changed when he feared he would lose the support 
of the state if he moved too fast. This would not satisy Grebel, 
Manz, Blaurock, and others; and so they parted. 

Our hotel the first night was at Luzern south of Zurich, 
Switzerland. (To be continued.) —Leslie ayid Martha Cover 

DARKNESS AND LIGHT (John 3:1 9-21) 
Along in darkness and in sin, 
The sinner goes astray; 
He fails and falls and falls again 
And can not find the way. 

The reason why: he's in the dark. 
His back is to the light. 
Facing the dark, he can't discern 
Or understand what's right. 

And why does he stay in the dark 
And not come to the light? 
Because he's doing evil deeds; 
Fie knows they are not right. 

Oh see! how sad so many choose 
To thus walk on in sin, 
Ignoring Christ who showed a way 
To avoid Satan's gin! 

This way of sin grows worse and worse, 
And finally ends in hell-- 

In misery and agony, 

Much worse than we can tell. 

Oh do not then stay in the dark, 

And reap the sinner's wage! 

But come and choose God's great free gift; 

Choose light, though Satan rage. 

Walk in the light; the pathway choose 
That leads to Christ our light; 
Darkness behind, the light ahead, 
This pathway will grow bright. 

This way of light holds joy and peace, 
And finally ends in heaven, 
Unbounded bliss we little know, 
There from the Saviour given. 
—James Beery 


Laura Beaupain 22627 C.R, 38 

Goshen, IN 46526 

Dan and Joyce Dingman 1006 Elm St. 

Rolfe, IA 50581 

Daniel Hicks 6539 S. Front Rd. #55 

Livermore, CA 94550 

Ron and Susan Fletcher 66786 C.R 17 

Goshen, IN 46526 



When Jesus began His ministry He recruited men to help 
Him He chose men in various vocations. He did not call idle 
men, but those that were on duty in their vocation. Four of 
them were fishermen. In calling them, He said He would make 
them fishers of men. 

This was not an easy undertaking for Jesus, but out of the 
twelve chosen, eleven passed the test. It was with much 
patience, suffering, and prayer that this was accomplished. 

Catching fish and catching men have many similarities. 
They both need to be attracted to the bait. The bait must be a 
sacrifice. In catching men, man becomes the sacrifice. 

Jesus, in teaching the disciples the art of fishing for men, did 
not use a textbook. He showed them by example. In His 
kindness and love He served the needs of those that came to 
Him without reserve or honor to Himself—It was to attract them 
to a saving knowledge of God. 

The kindness and love Christ revealed to man in humble 
service was powerful and attractive. It brought multitudes to 
His presence and demanded much of Him. But the problem and 
disappointment came when Jesus revealed to them what was 
required of them to prove this love to God, that they might be 
saved. When this was revealed, many forsook Him and severed 
friendship with Him This spirit finally developed into forces 
that demanded His physical life which He willingly gave to 
them. This is now the final bait to attract men to a saving 
knowledge of God. 

In the final test that Jesus gave His disciples in fishing for 
men, they were still fussing among themselves about who was 
to be the greatest among them, and they asked Him about it. 
(This is still the base problem among men.) Jesus told them 
they did not know what they were asking for. He asked them if 
they were able to drink of the cup He was to drink from, and be 


baptized with the baptism He was baptized with. Their answer 
was that they were able. He told them they would indeed drink 
from His cup and experience His baptism, but that He did not 
have the authority to give them positions. 

Then He called them close to Him and gave them the final 
instructions on fishing for men. The greatest and most 
important position is that of a servant. We can only enter this 
position in voluntary service. The field is wide open and the 
demand can never be over supplied. 

The disciples failed their first attempt in fishing for men. 
Not until they were filled with the Holy Spirit were they able to 
withstand the powers that oppose fishers of men and were able 
to drink of the cup and receive the baptism that Jesus 

Fishing for men is still in process and the requirements are 
the same. That is in humble service and building friendships— 
with a living sacrifice that is not self-seeking or self-honoring. 
The motive is to attract men to the saving knowledge of Christ. 
The risk involved in fishing for men is that which Jesus 
experienced—rejection, humiliation, suffering, and death. Many 
fishers of men have experienced the same. All true fishers of 
men experience some form of rejection and humiliation; Jesus 
told us about this. In the acceptance of this, we prove the 
validity of our faith. The apostle Paul wrote that, "Yea, and all 
that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 

—Kenneth Martin 

Dear ones in the faith, 

We wish to express our thanks to you in some way for your 
prayers, cards, visits, and financial aid following Tom's accident. 
The Lord has blessed abundantly and we have hopes of full 
recovery. May God bless you for your love and concern. 

—The Tom Royer Family 

FOR YOUTH: Elijah and the Prophets of Baal 

Twenty-eight hundred fifty years ago found Gilead under 
the rule of Ahab and Jezebel. Being placed in the position of 
such authority, they never considered themselves under the rule 
of the Almighty God. They ruled as they pleased, and along 
with this, they taught and thought as they pleased. Their 
teachings and ideas became the commonly accepted policy in 
which the former people of God placed their faith. Baalism, as 
it was called, became the dominant religion. 

But God found one able servant,, a man rugged in 
appearance and strong through his faith in God. By faith he 
obeyed God and sent the ultimate challenge against Baalism: 
they were each to assemble upon Mount Carmel, prepare their 
sacrifice, and call upon their God, and the God who answered 
by fire was to be the true God. 

The prophets of Baal prayed, cut themselves, and did many 
things to draw the attention of their god. About noon Elijah 
conspired to help them: "Cry aloud," mocked Elijah, "for he is 
a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is on a 
journey, or peradventure he sleep eth, and must be awaked." 

After having taunted them this way, he rebuilt the altar of 
God and prepared his sacrifice on it, with no fire under. Elijah 
directed the men to pour twelve barrels of water over the altar. 
Then he prayed to God for the promised fire, and also for the 
children of Israel to return to the true God. 

God faithfully sent the promised fire which totally consumed 
the sacrifice, the water, and even the stone altar and the dust 
around it (I Kings 18:38) 

Through faith Elijah conquered Baalism, and if we have 
faith the size of a mustard seed, we will have faith enough to 
conquer any mountain. This faith has to be placed in God, and 
will help us to climb higher in our walk with God. 

—Daniel Hicks 
Livermore, California 



We of the Salida Congregation were all happy and rejoiced 
with the angels when Dan and Joyce Dingman chose to follow 
the Master and received Christian baptism on September 19. 
May they be faithful and helpful in God ! s kingdom. 

—Joseph L. Cover 

Again we, the members of the Eastern Congregation 
rejoiced that souls are still responding to the call of the Master. 
Ron and Susan Fletcher received Christian baptism on the 
confession of their faith in Christ on October 8. Laura 
Beanpain was baptized on the confession of her faith on 
October 22. May they be true to Jesus and enjoy the blessings 
of salvation forever. 

— Melvin Coning 


CABLE - A daughter, Amanda Faythe, born September 21 to 
Ron and Faythe Cable of Goshen, Indiana. 

BLOCHER -- A daughter, Amanda Lynne, born October 3, to 
Craig and Linda Blocher of New Paris, Ohio. 

CABLE - A daughter, Christal Fern, born October 16, to 
Aaron and Arlene Cable of Nappanee, Indiana. 

(Continued from back page.) He shared and was kind to 
others. When he grew old he was poor. We see him at the gate 
of the rich man but he received nothing. The poor man died 
and was carried to heaven. 

We all want to be clean fields. No weeds will ever get to 
heaven. -Everett Oyler 


Several weeks ago while traveling, I had one of my little 
friends with me. On either side of us were big fields of beans. 
He said, "Look at the nice fields of beans." They were almost 
free of weeds. As we traveled on we saw some fields that were 
mostly weeds. 

I had to think of another "crop" or field. You children are 
the most important "crop" or field your parents have. 

The farmer with the clean beans had to do a lot of work. 
When weeds started growing he had to dig them out. Likewise 
your parents see the weeds in your life. They do some digging. 
You don't appreciate it now, but when you get older you will 
thank them for keeping out the weeds. 

The Bible tells us of two fields. There was a certain rich 
man who had all he needed and plenty more. There was also a 
poor man named Lazarus that lay at the gate of the rich man. 
He was hungry and had sores on his body. The rich man 
wouldn't give him anything to eat. 

The rich man is the weedy field. He wasn't taught to share. 
He wanted everything for himself. His parents never pulled out 
the little weeds in his life. He died and went to hell. 

The poor man is the clean field. His parents were busy 
pulling out the little weeds that kept popping up in his young 
life. They knew their little son was the most precious "crop" 
they had. As their son grew up he remembered the good things 
he was taught. (Continued on page 15) 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2:it 


Tiny Baby, soft and sweet, 
Shepherds worship at Thy feet; 
Coining to the world of woe, 
Come to rescue friend mid foe. 

Baby Jesus, we would bow 
Low before Thy manger now, 
For we know just why You came: 
Ahead the cross and pain and shame. 

Tiny Baby, soft and sweet, 
Be our sacrifice complete; 
Let Thy blood our sin atone, 
Our only hope in Thee alone. 

Come into our hearts to bless; 
Be our Rock, our Righteousness; 
We have only Thee to guide; 
Only in Thyself we hide. 

Jesus, Saviour, Pilot, Friend, 
Come Thy people to defend; 
May Thy Spirits quickening power 
Save us now and in that hour. 
~ L.C. 

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Is that a star? My wife and I were driving home last week, 
and out over the valley there appeared a steady, bright light. 
We soon determined it was a small aircraft f s landing light. This 
experience carried my mind back nearly two thousand years 
when some men saw an unusual light in the clear Orient sky. 
The Bible says they were wise men. vThey no doubt also 
exclaimed, "Is that a star? 11 

In the first chapter of Genesis God said the lights in the 
firmament were to "be for signs, seasons, days, and years." 
These wise men in their knowledge and wisdom had revealed to 
them from God the significance of this sign. The wise men 
responded to this revelation, prepared, and followed the leading 
of the star. They headed in the right direction. 

When traveling or pursuing an objective we can head in the 
right direction but then can be led astray by our own reasoning, 
as it seems these wise men evidently were. Somehow they must 
have lost sight of the star. The wise men reasoned that a king 
would be born in a royal setting, so that is where they headed. 
Upon reaching Jerusalem, the capitol city, the new bom King 
was not to be found, so they asked directions. They got 
directions but from the wrong source, and what a tragic event 

When the wise men were headed in the right direction they 
saw the star again and "rejoiced with exceeding great joy." The 
star led the wise men to the baby Jesus. 

When following the light of God's Word, believers, while 
starting in the right direction, can lose sight of the "star" and be 
led astray by their own reasoning. Directions can come from 
people such as king Herod who have their own interest at stake. 


Much trouble and loss can be avoided if the light of God*s Word 
is kept in sight. Seeing and following the Word of God can 
give us great joy and lead us to Jesus, the "Bright and Morning 

—Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 


"...God is light, and in hirn is no darkness at aU." The 
children were reciting in unison I John 1 as they memorized this 
short chapter. Better than math facts or parts of speech is the 
revelation of the attributes of God. Scientists can not explain 
what light is, but we all know what it does. It enables us to see. 
When Jesus was born, the light shone out to all. The ancient 
prophecy of Isaiah was (49:6 and 42:6): "...I will also give thee 
for a light to the Gentiles." That's us! 

One of my father's favorites verses was II Timothy 1:10. 
Paul is writing about God's purpose and how He saved and 
called us, not according to our works (praise God) but 
according to Mis own purpose and grace. He writes that this 
grace was given to us "in Christ Jesus before the world began." 
Then comes this verse telling what He did when He came into 
the world: "But is now made manifest by the appearing of our 
Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath 
brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." We 
say that my father is dead and all those who have gone are dead. 
But they are not dead, for Christ Jesus has abolished death and 
life and immortality are brought to light-so we can see it! This 
is what Jesus accomplished when He "appeared"— was born, 
lived, suffered, died, and rose again. 

No wonder the prophet cried out, "Comfort ye, comfort ye 
my people, saith your God." This message of the light of the 
Gospel seems to get lost or missed in the hustle and bustle of 


the season. But again Paul writes (II Corinthians 4:6), "For 
God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath 
shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of God 
in the face of Jesus Christ." 

If this light has shone in our hearts, it puts responsibility on 
us to let it shine out in our lives. We don't need to expect that 
this glorious Gospel will be proclaimed by the world in this 
season or in any other season. The message is given to us and 
all His people to live and give out, and Jesus says we are like a 
city on a hill or a candle on a candlestick, J-Ie charges us: "Let 
your light so shine before men, that they may see your good 
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." 

Last evening I replaced a couple of light bulbs in a kitchen 
fixture. They had gone out, and the fixture was useless that 
way. So are we useless if our lives are not communicating the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is done by word and deed and 
attitude. Our words must be pure-words of hope, words of 
encouragement, Bible words that relate the promises of God to 
all who will repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus. Our deeds 
should be those of kindness and sharing-gifts of love. 
Longfellow said, "Talk not of wasted affection; affection never 
was wasted." This is true if it is genuine love from God passed 
on to our fellowmen. And then our attitude needs to speak of 
joy and victory. A poor attitude attracts no one. The Christian 
attitude is one of giving all glory to God. A beautiful song says, 
"Alone 1 will not wander one single day." When our walk is 
close to God, we will be envied by all true men, and our lights 
will shine. 

If our light has grown dim and seems to be overpowered by 
the colored ones of this time of year, let us ask God for more 
divine wisdom. Trim the wicks; shine the globes; replace any 
burned out bulbs. Let us shine for Jesus more brightly, as the 
darkness around us increases. — L.C. 



Our evening in Lucerne, Switzerland, included a walk 
across the ancient Chapel Bridge over the Reuss River. 
Overhead inside this covered bridge were spaced over 100 
pictures of scenes from the early 1600's, and at one end stood a 
brick prison tower where Anabaptists served out their miserable 

Leaving Lucerne we traveled through the scenic Emmental 
(the valley of the Emme River), beautiful, neat farmland with 
house and barn often joined as one building. Seeing 
Switzerland and Germany, it is no wonder that the Brethren 
settled in Pennsylvania and liked it there, as it so much 
resembled their homeland. At Langnau we visited the "Old 
Evangelical Baptist-Minded Church, " the oldest continuously 
worshipping Mennonite congregation. Together we sang Psalm 
42 to an old Geneven tune. 

Nearby was the Trachselwald Castle with its tower and cells 
where Anabaptists were imprisoned, sometimes for years, 
sometimes for life, during the fierce persecutions of the 16th, 
17th, and 18th centimes. I was shackled in the ankle stocks and 
wrist irons where the real sufferer had to lie with little 
movement possible even in presence of rats. Out the castle's 
few narrow windows were breath-taking views of surrounding, 
rolling farmland, and musical notes from the bells of the grazing 
cattle, and it was difficult to imagine the cruelty and suffering 
within the eight-foot-thick walls. They could have gone free if 
they would only have renounced their faith. 

In this canton of Bern, authorities appointed a special group 
of Anabaptist hunters who were rewarded for each captive— 
with a special bounty for ministers. In 1714 this group had 
captured a number of Mennonites, and the ianners of the 
region, who respected these hard working neighbors, forcibly 
freed them. As a result their village Sumiswald was taxed an 


amount equal to the lost bounty! Here in 1688, the authorities 
passed a law requiring all to wear weapons. Thus the 
Mennonites were more easily identified, as they would not do 
this. The Ausbund (the hymnal still used by the Amish) 
contains a long hymn in remembrance of Hans Haslibacher, the 
last Anabaptist martyred hi this region, beheaded in 1571. 

We reached the city of Bern, Switzerland's capital, about 
noon of October 11-a beautiful day. The Anabaptists at Bern 
possibly began independent from the movement at Zurich. Bern 
also issued edicts against the Anabaptists movement. At least 
forty executions (by beheading or drowning in the nearby Aare 
River) are recorded between 1529 and 1571. This persecution 
in Bern continued until the mid 18th century. Martin Lucas, 
who later was one of the first eight Brethren, joined the 
Reformed Church here in Bern. 

The Brethren minister Christian Liebe came to Bern to 
preach among the Mennonites. The official record states, "His 
purpose was to visit the local brethren, to minister, to solace, 
and to baptize someone if the occasion arose." He was arrested 
and sentenced with four Mennonites and one thief to serve on a 
galley as a slave under the king of Sicily. They were forced to 
walk across the Alps to Turin where one died. Another of them 
died before they were finally released after two years, due to 
intervention by Dutch authorities. 

Traveling through Basel, we stopped briefly for pictures at 
the Spalentor (Spalen Tower) where Andrew Boni was 
imprisoned. Boni was another of the eight brethren and sisters 
who organized the first Brethren congregation at Schwartzenau. 

We crossed the Rhine River into France and traveled 
through Alsatian country to Colmar where we stayed overnight. 
Colmar was the birthplace of F.A. Bartholdi, the sculptor of the 
Statue of Liberty. For centuries this region was sometimes 
German, sometimes French according to wars fought and 
treaties signed. 



A Silent Witness -Nina B. Byers Jun 

Child Abuse! -Dennis Witmer -sel, by Herman Royer Jul 

Cholesterol Free Religion -James M. Hite May 

Christian Courtship -Neil Martin Jan/Feb 
Conscience, Guilt, and Forgiveness -Ralph Woerner 

-sel. by James and Betty Beery May/ Jun 

Follow His Steps -James Beery Feb 
Historical Tour -Leslie and Martha Cover Oct/Nov/Bec 

Is There Life Out There? -James Beery Aug 

Kind Words at Home -selected May 

Light in Darkness -L.C. Dec 

Little Things-L. C Mar 

Mother -L.C. May 

New Year's Resolutions -L.C. Jan 

No Second Chance -Nina B. Byers Apr 

No Sunday Sales -L.C. Aug 
Patience: The Lifestory of Peter Becker -Karen L. Conley 


Prayer-Forgiving -selected Jul 

Resurrection Reality -Michael Harris Apr 

Spiritual Maturity -Joseph Wagner Sep 

Step By Step -L.C. Sep 

Teaching Children Respect -Betty Beery Mar 

The Cross -L.C. Apr 

The Holy Spirit -L.C. Jun 

The Ladder -L.C. Jul 

The Positive Force in a Transformed Mind -Ron Cable Mar 

The Star -Joseph Wagner Dec 

The Straight Gate -Kevin Garber Apr 

Them That Obey Him -Sharon See Feb 

Thoughts on Thankfulness -L.C. Oct/Nov 

To Our Sisters -Betty Beery Jul/ Aug 

Traditions -Michael Harris Jul 

True Riches -L.C. Feb 
Working Women? -Brian Brannick -sel. by Herman Royer 



A ChMs Prayer on Mother's Day May 

A Christian Heart -James Beery Jan 

A Woman Worthy of Praise -Miriam Beery Jan 

Crown or Crucify -Florence F. Johnson Aug 

Darkness and Light -James Beery Oct/Nov 

Death of the Saviour -Mrs. Kenneth Johnson Sep 

Deeds Done in the Body -Kenneth Martin May 

I Met God in the Morning -Ralph Cushman Jan 

Incarnation -L.C. > Dec 

Thfuik the Lord My Maker -Thomas Mackellar Oct/Nov 

Justice or Mercy -James Beery Jun 

Kind Hearts Are the Gardens -selected Sep 

Loving Heart -E. M. Alltus Jun 

O Breath of Life -Bessie Head Jun 

One More Day's Work for Jesus -Eben E. Rexford Mar 

Our Thankfulness -L.C. Oct/Nov 

Passing Through the Waters -Annie J. Flint Aug 

Press Onward -Betty Beery May 

Recreation -Sharon See Sep 

Seekest Thou Great Things? -L.C. Mar 

Six Good Doctors -sel. from CLE Lightlines Jul 

Step by Step -L.C. Sep 

Thanks Oct/Nov 

The Resurrection of Christ -J. L Cover Apr 

The Surrendered Life Feb 

The Will of God Sep 
The Working Mother -Mary Hursh -sel. by Herman RoyerAug 

Time -selected from Olive Plants Aug 

Walking With Jesus -Ruth M. Barton Apr 
Wilt Thou Follow Me? -sel. from Poems For Memorization Jul 

Wondrous Grace -James Beery Sep 

SPIRIT FRUIT by Kenneth Martin 

The Heart 


The Word 


Love the Brethren 


The Fall of Man 


Good Deeds 


The Church - A Shining Light 


God's Plan 


All for Jesus 


Justification Is Peace 


Fishers of Men 


Suffering for Righteousness 1 Sake 



Blossom Time -Sarah Cover 


Weeds or Flowers -Maria Huffman 


Ten Keys to Friendship -selected 


Something to Live By -selected 


Today's Youth - Tomorrow's Church 

-Wanda Hilty Sep 

Elijah and the Prophets of Baal -Daniel Hicks 


The Pathway -William Johnson 



by Everett 


Keep Purring 


Who Can Help? 


Daniel in the Lion's Den 


Johnnie's Choice - Linda Frick 


Plant the Best 


Obey the Signs 


Oh! Daddy, Daddy! 


Obey as the Killdeer -Nancy Oyler 


Loosening the Soil -Linda Frick 


A Good Crop 


Fishers of Men 



Jemima Elli Martin 

Jan 18 

Edith Rose Cover 

Jan 29 

Cherith Larose Martin 

May 20 

Damaris Arlene Royer 

May 26 

Kimra Dawn Royer 


Jeremy Dale Cable 

Jul 20 

Aaron Lee Beery 

Jul 28 

Ezra Glen Hoover 

Aug 28 

Grace Martha Johnson 

Oct 16, 

Benjamin Weston Beery 

, Sep 4 

Amanda Faythe Cable 

Sep 21 

Amanda Lynne Blocher 

Oct 3 

Crystal Fern Cable 

Oct 16 

Earl Upton Royer 

Nov 14 



Abigail Royer Jan 21 Carletta Huffman Jun 22 

Kerry Royer Jan 21 Daniel Hicks Jul 23 

Martha Flora Jan 21 Dan & Joyce DingmanSep 19 

Seth Harper Feb 2 Ron & Susan Pletcher Oct 8 

Adam Byers Feb 2 Laura Beaupain Oct 22 

Michael HarrisFeb 26 Bill & Karen Tate Nov 12 

Rachel Ray Mar 5 Susanna Tate Nov 12 

Serena Foster Mar 12 


Thaddaeus Coning & Suzanne Flora 
Samuel Cover & Lois Flora 
Jeffrey HUty & Allison Moss 

Feb 4 
Mar 18 
Jul 18 

Jacob Raymond Wagoner 
Mary Elizabeth Moore 
Ruth Margaret Barton 

Dec 31, 1994 
Jan 20 
Feb 8 


Nearby Strasburg was one of our stops. The cathedral there 
was the most impressive of any on our tour- for its tremendous 
size. The main structure was over 200 feet tall with its tower 
soaring another 200 feet, having been several centuries and 
many generations in building. Inside were a huge organ and a 
famous astronomical clock. 

Michael Eckerlin was a tailor in Strasburg and an active 
Pietist. He was expelled from French territory in 1705, found 
refuge in Schwartzenau, became a leader among the Brethren, 
and migrated to Pennsylvania in 1725. His sons became active 
in the Ephrata Community. You can read the interesting story 
of this family in European Origins of the Brethren p. 81, by Dr. 
Donald Durnbaugh. 

Our next stop, after leaving France for Germany, was at 
Schreisheim where Alexander Mack, Sr. was born. We saw the 
Talmiille (Mill of the Valley) where he was born and which Ms 
father owned. It is now a factory. A small stream which once 
powered the mill flows past the building. Mack's father was an 
elder of the Reformed Church, a member of the town council, 
and served as mayor in 1690 and 1696. Alexander Mack was 
married to Anna Margaret Kling in 1701, and two of their sons 
were bom in Schreisheim. Anna's father, John Valentine Kling 
was also a councilman and a Reformed Church elder. Kling s 
became pietists, and he was expelled from the church as well as 
from the council. He was imprisoned for (among other 
charges) refusing to sign a complaint against his son-in-law 
Alexander. When he died he left a "sizeable legacy 1 * to the 

In Schreisheim we saw the street named for Alexander 
Mack. He is honored in this way now, but he left for 
Schwartenau under persecution by the state church. 

(To be continued.) -Leslie and Martha Cover 


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ROYER -- A son, Earl Upton, born November 14, to Sam and 
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Correction: Aaron and Arlene Cable's baby girl is Crystal Fern. 


Again we, the members of the Eastern Congregation 
rejoiced that souls are still responding to the call of the Master. 
Bill, Karen, and Susanna Tate received Christian baptism on the 
confession of their faith in Christ on November 12. May they 
be true to Jesus and enjoy the blessings of salvation forever. 

— Melvin Coning 



Jesus, teaching His followers what they would be and the 
blessings they would receive, can not be discerned from a 
human standpoint because the flesh cannot understand God's 

The Sermon on the Mount was God's will for man in the 
flesh and tells what He expects of them. In doing this we 
become the salt of the earth and the light of the world. This 
would indicate that we are the preserving element and the 
directing influence in the kingdoms of men. When these two 
elements lose their strength and power, the Scriptures indicate 
that the earth could no longer function. 

This calls us to action. This light is to be visible to all men. 
It is a performance of truth (words and deeds done in the body), 
that represents the righteousness of God so that God might be 
glorified. This work can only be accomplished if we have 
personally, by the Spirit of Christ, humbled ourselves and 
crucified the flesh. This is a personal responsibility of all men. 
When this is being accomplished in our personal lives, then we 
are able to comprehend the truth and reality of the Sermon on 
the Mount and reveal it with acceptance and blessing. 

Only then can we respond properly in the suffering that 
comes from being a light in the world. Jesus, knowing all about 
the conflict between light and darkness said, "Blessed are ye, 
when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all 
manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake." 

Darkness is always subject to light; it has to take notice. 
The dark powers of this world are restless. The efforts of 
darkness are continually at work to eliminate light through force 
and deception. Thanks be to God, it will never accomplish its 


However, the wanting is that God's watchful eye is over the 
affairs of men, and when the dark powers of this world have 
gone far enough, God will intervene and put an end to it and its 
subjects. But until then God has assured us of His care and 
protection and everlasting security, if we keep faith in Hiin. If 
we don't keep this faith, we helplessly become a servant of the 
dark powers of this world. 

The church of the living God is here today because its 
subjects were and are willing to suffer for righteousness sake. 
For nearly two thousand years the community of faith has, and 
is suffering in some form for righteousness' sake, either 
physically or intellectually. Their response to this has always 
been the same—they never retaliate but in love plead for the 
mercy of God to be upon their persecutors. 

The Apostle Paul felt this keenly: "Being defamed, we 
intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the 
offscouring of all things unto this day." (I Cor. 4: 13) Yet in this 
suffering he was able to claim victory . 

All meaningful relationships require suffexing-in marriage, 
hi the home, and in the community of faith. When we become 
unwilling to suffer in these, we become bitter, judgmental, 
envious; and alienate ourselves from the blessing and 
acceptance of God. 

The kingdom of God is a present fact and future hope 
because Godly men and women are able to suffer for 
righteousness' sake. Where Jesus is, where His way is lived, the 
right things are happening. (Luke 17:21) "Forasmuch then as 
Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise 
with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath 
ceased from sin." (I Peter 4:1) 

-Kenneth Martin 



I will trust my dearest Savior. 
Though the path I cannot see. 
I will trust my gentle Shepherd 
In the way He has for me. 
I can't see where leads the pathway- 
Mountains steep, or valleys wide, 
I will walk where He does lead me, 
Always trusting in my Guide. 

Do I need to know the pathway, 
Where and how it all shall go? 
No, my Shepherd knows the journey; 
In this place He's been, I know. 
I don't need to know the pathway, 
Only Him who is my Guide. 
I don't need to know where leads it, 
Only stay by His dear side. 

So I'll trust my gentle Shepherd; 
Where He'll lead I do not know. 
But I know He knows the pathway; 
In this pathway He did go. 
Will it lead by quiet waters? 
Or by mountains, dark and steep? 
I need not worry where it brings me; 
In His hands He will me keep. 

I must follow my dear Savior, 
Even though He leads the way. 
I must follow, ever follow, 
Only He's my hope and stay. 
When I come at last to heaven, 
On that bright and glorious day, 
I can praise my God for ever; 
He has led me all the way. 

--William Johnson 
Modesto, California 


Jamie and Amie were twins. One day Daddy took them 
fishing. Daddy helped them put the worms on the hooks. They 
were waiting for the fish to bite. They soon had a fish. 
"Daddy, Daddy, " they shouted. "Help us!" 

The fish was taken off the hook, and soon they were waiting 
for another catch. While they were waiting, they were thinking 
what the preacher said last Sunday. He read, "Jesus said, 
Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." "Daddy, how 
can we be fishers of men?" They knew their Daddy could tell 
them. * 

Daddy said, "I helped you bait your hook. Fish like worms. 
They are attracted to your hook because there is something 
there they want. The fish try to eat the worm and are caught. 
If you only put the hook in the water, the fish wouldn't be 
attracted. You catch fish because you have something they 

"If you live like Jesus says, men are attracted to you. They 
want to know more about this life. You catch men for Jesus 
but only if you have something they want, You are baiting the 
hook for Jesus. If you live a selfish life, and don't love like 
Jesus says, it is like putting only the hook in the water. The fish 
are not interested in an ugly hook. Neither are men interested 
in our ugly, selfish lives. We can all be fishers of men. Be as 
excited as you were when you caught your fish. Say 'Jesus, 
Jesus, help me!* Only with the help of Jesus can you live a 
happy life." —Everett Oyler 

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